Italian publication Tuttosport has released the shortlist for the annual Golden Boy award, with 25 players in contention for the prize.
The title will be given to the best performing player under the age of 21, as chosen by journalist across Europe. Last year, Renato Sanches bagged the award for his outstanding exploits with Benfica, as well as the Portuguese national team in their Euro 2016 triumph.
The talented Marcus Rashford, who finished second to Sanches, has been shortlisted this time around as well, alongside the likes of PSG starlet Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona’s record signing Ousmane Dembele.
Rashford played a vital role in United’s Europa League triumph last season, and the Englishman is considered to be a serious challenger for the crown once again.
However, there is no denying that the odds are in favour of Mbappe, who enjoyed a sensational rise to prominence over the course of last twelve months, playing a pivotal role in Monaco’s stunning Ligue 1 triumph in the previous campaign.
Along with these two favourites, 23 others players are also in contention for the award. Here is a complete list of the 25 nominees for the 2017 Golden boy award:
Aarón Martin, Espanyol
Jean-Kévin Augustin, RB Leipzig
Rodrigo Bentacur, Juventus
Steven Bergwijn, PSV Eindhoven
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton
Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina
Ousmane Dembélé, Barcelona
Amadou Diawara, Napoli
Kasper Dolberg, Ajax
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Milan
Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City
Joe Gomez, Liverpool
Benjamin Henrichs, Bayer Leverkusen
Borja Mayoral, Real Madrid
Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain
Emre Mor, Celta Vigo
Reece Oxford, Borussia Mönchengladbach
Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund
Marcus Rashford, Manchester United
Allan Saint-Maximim, Nice
Dominic Solanke, Liverpool
Theo Hernandez, Real Madrid
Youri Tielemans, Monaco
Enes Ünal, Villarreal
Kyle Walker-Peters, Tottenham
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
United fan since Edwin Van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to earn a dramatic Euro glory. Firmly believes that Lionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or until he plays this sport. One time writer for GiveMeSport and Roar. A regular contributor to Sportskeeda and BlameFootball.