The Golden Boy award will be presented to the winner on the 17th of December 2018 at Turin Italy. According to the curator Tuttosport, we have new faces in the top five so far. The final list will be known when the voting closes at the end of November. However, we already have a strange list of leading contenders. Today, we want to look at five leading youngsters for the 2018 Golden Boy award.
5. Vinícius Júnior- Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo might be gone, but Gareth Bale has not stepped into the void at Real Madrid.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 22, 2018
Real Madrid President Fiorentina Perez no doubt rates Vinícius Júnior very highly. The Los Blancos paid €46 million for the Brazilian youngster. He arrived in July after turning 18 but he is already threatening to take over Gareth Bale place in the team.
The 18-year-old striker has scored 19 times in 79 matches for Flamengo, Real Madrid Castilla and now Real the first team. He is probably not favorite for this award this year but next year he will obviously challenge for it.
4. Matthijs de Ligt- Ajax
Ajax have reportedly placed a €60m price tag on their 19 year old captain; Matthijs de Ligt.
This could prove to be a very fair price for any club who tries to sign him! pic.twitter.com/swVv47dwRD
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) November 2, 2018
Ajax central defender Matthijs de Ligt is already ahead of his peers. The 19-year-old has already played 74 times for the first team since 2016. In that period, he has netted 8 goals. He has also played 10 times for the Netherlands. He continues to partner the experienced Virgil Van Dijk which offers him a great chance to learn. Juventus and Barcelona are preparing to make bids for him next summer and there is no doubt he will cost them dearly. He deserves this award too.
3. Patrick Cutrone- AC Milan
AC Milan is slowly getting back to where they belong in Serie A and European football. Patrick Cutrone is one of the few who can be trusted to stick around longer until the best days return. The 20-year-old striker was unstoppable in 2017/18 season with 18 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions. He has already netted five times in only 13 matches so far this season. The future belongs to his kind and he fully deserves to be on this list.