Joao Felix pips England starlet to claim prestigious Golden Boy award

first_imgAtletico Madrid starlet Joao Felix has won the Golden Boy award ahead of Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho.Felix is the first Atletico player since Sergio Aguero in 2007 to claim the prestigious honour, which recognises the best under-21 player in Europe. 1 Felix received 332 voting points to take first place, with Sancho getting 175 and Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz third with 75.The Portuguese forward was signed from Benfica by Atletico on a seven-year deal for £113million this summer, having been chased by a number of several top clubs across Europe, including Manchester United and Manchester City.He scored 15 goals last season, including a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, and has netted twice in eight appearances this term. Getty Images – Getty Past Golden Boy award winnerscenter_img The award was created by Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003 and has previously been won by Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Lionel Messi.“Thanks to Tuttosport for the Golden Boy Award 2019, I am very proud,” Felix said.“It is the second time that a player from Atletico Madrid has won this award and I am happy.“Thanks also to Benfica, in particular to coach Bruno Lage, for all he has done for me and my family.” 2003: Rafael van der Vaart2004: Wayne Rooney2005: Lionel Messi2006: Cesc Fabregas2007: Sergio Aguero2008: Anderson2009: Alexandre Pato2010: Mario Balotelli2011: Mario Gotze2012: Isco2013: Paul Pogba2014: Raheem Sterling2015: Anthony Martial2016: Renato Sanches2017: Kylian Mbappe2018: Matthijs de Ligt Felix joined Atletico from Benfica in the summer last_img read more

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