Matthijs De Ligt Wins 2018 Golden Boy Award

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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