Mbappe Wins Golden Boy Award

Rashford Finishes Third

Kylian Mbappe
Image: Biser Todorov

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is the winner of the Golden Boy Award for the best young footballer in Europe.

The 18-year-old, who moved to PSG in a season-long loan move over the course of the summer, won 291 votes to clinch the award ahead of Barcelona midfielder Ousmane Dembele. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford finished in third place.

Mbappe was the overwhelming favourite to win the award having had a stellar season for Monaco. The Ligue 1 outfit won their first French league title in 17 years and also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Mbappe left Monaco for PSG this summer in a controversial loan move that will see the deal made permanent next summer for a fee of €180million. He has scored four goals and provided four assists for PSG so far this season.

Dembele’s move to Barcelona this summer was also controversial. He had only moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2016 from French side Rennes. However, he forced through a switch to Barcelona by refusing to turn up to training at Dortmund this summer. The La Liga outfit paid an initial €105million with a further €40million to be paid in add-ons and bonuses. However, he is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury that he picked up in September. He isn’t expected to return to action until January.

It had initially been reported that Manchester City’s Brazil international Gabriel Jesus had finished in third place. But Rashford got 76 votes to Jesus’s 72 to clinch third spot. Both were well behind Dembele’s 149.