Atleti’s Joao Felix and Barcelona teen Ansu Fati on Golden Boy 2019 list

Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix (pictured) and Barcelona’s teenage wonderkid Ansu Fati are on the 20-player shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boy award.

There are a total of seven Spain-based players on the list including Real Madrid’s Brazilian duo Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes, Valencia pair Kang-in Lee and Ferran Torres along with goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, on loan at Real Valladolid from Madrid.

Matthijs de Ligt is the current holder of the award but as per the rules of the competition he cannot retain it, after having joined Juventus from Ajax in a €75m deal this summer.

Atleti’s Felix – a club record  €126m arrival from Benfica this summer – is the favourite to land the award although RB Salzburg forward Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund also in the running.

Golden Boy award nominees

Matthijs de Ligt, Juventus

Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich

Gianluigi Donnarumma, Milan

Ansu Fati, Barcelona

Phil Foden, Manchester City

Matteo Guendouzi, Arsenal

Ering Haaland, FC Salzburg

Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen,

Joao Felix, Atletico Madrid

Dejan Joveljic, Eintracht Frankfurt

Moise Kean, Everton

Kang-in Lee, Valencia

Andriy Lunin, Valladolid

Donyell Malen, PSV Eindhoven

Mason Mount, Chelsea

Rodrygo Goes, Real Madrid

Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund

Ferran Torres, Valencia

Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid

Nicolo Zaniolo, Roma

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