Golden Boy 2017: Kylian Mbappé beats Dembélé and Rashford to award

Marseille's French midfielder Florian Thauvin (C) vies for the ball with  Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe (L) during the French L1 football match between Marseille (OM)...

The France forward Kylian Mbappé has won the Golden Boy award for the best young player in Europe, fending off competition from Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

The 18-year-old came to prominence last season, scoring six Champions League goals to propel Monaco to the semi-finals while playing a huge part in the club’s title-winning Ligue 1 season, scoring 15 goals from an often wide berth. Mbappé is on loan at PSG, where he has scored four goals and made four assists in 11 games. He will make the move permanent in a £166m transfer next summer.

Mbappé won by an overwhelming 291 votes, with Dembélé coming second on 149. Manchester United’s Rashford was third and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus fourth.

The award, run by Tuttosport, is in its 15th year and winners have included Wayne Rooney, Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling and Anthony Martial.

Golden Boy top 10

1 Kylian Mbappé (PSG, on loan from Monaco)

2 Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona)

3 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

4 Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)

5 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)

6 Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

7 Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)

8 Emre Mor (Celta Vigo)

9 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)

10 Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus)

Powered by article was written by Guardian sport, for The Guardian on Monday 23rd October 2017 11.29 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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