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Matthijs De Ligt Wins 2018 Golden Boy Award

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Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has won the 2018 Golden Boy award.

The award, now in its 16th year, is given to the most promising under-21 player in Europe by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport.

The panel, made up of newspapers around the continent, voted De Ligt, who is reportedly linked with a summer move to La Liga champions Barcelona or Premier League side Manchester United,  ahead of his international teammate and Roma winger Justin Kluivert, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, AC Milan forward Patrick Cutron and Real Madrid teenager Vinicius Junior.

Previous winners include the likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Anderson and Renato Sanches, while Paris-Saint German forward Kylian Mbappe took last year’s award.

De Ligt’s form for Ajax has seen him become a regular starter for The Netherlands under Ronald Koeman.

“I’m not in touch with anyone yet,” De Ligt told Italian outlet Tutto Mercato in the summer.

“Who would I choose between Juve, Barcelona and United? It’s difficult, they’re all great teams.”

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