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The 40 Golden Boy candidates... with two new faces

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Pin Zaniolo, Mbappé and Vinicius continue to fight for the award. AFP/EFE
Zaniolo, Mbappé and Vinicius continue to fight for the award. AFP/EFE

The 40 Golden Boy candidates... with two new faces

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22 players have been eliminated from the 60 that remained in contention for the Golden Boy award, and at the last minute two players who did not first appear have crept into the list.

Another cut has been made to the list of Golden Boy nominees, the award granted by 'Tuttosport'. 20 players are discarded each money and now there are only 40 left. 

Of the previous list of 60 players there are two that have been added despite not appearing before among the candidates. These are Joao Felix, Benfica's Portuguese midfielder, and Nico Zaniolo of Roma. 

From the aforementioned list of players, three LaLiga players have been cut: Carles Aleñá (Barcelona), Toni Moya (Atlético) and Luca Zidane (Real Madrid). 

Representatives of LaLiga clubs that stay in the race for the Golden Boy are Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid) and Moussa Wagué (Barcelona), whilst Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb) and Manu García (Toulouse) are the only Spanish players left in the list. 

It should be taken into account that the Senegalese has not yet made his debut with the first team or for Barcelona B, despite having had an impressive World Cup, so he may not be eligible for the award. The rules specify that only players born from 1st January 1998 onwards and that play in the first team of a European side can participate. 

The favourite to take home the prize continues to be Mbappé, who also won the award last season. 

Here is the later list of nominees for Golden Boy 2018: 

Trent Alexander-Arnold (19-years-old /Liverpool)
Kelvin Amian (20/Toulouse)
Houssem Aouar (20/Olympique Lyon)
Musa Barrow (19/Atalanta)
Justin Bijlow (20/Feyenoord)
Josip Brekalo (20/Wolfsburg)
Patrick Cutrone (20/AC Milan)
Dani Olmo (20/Dinamo Zagreb)
Tom Davies (20/Everton)
Matthijs de Ligt (19/Ajax)
Moussa Diaby (19/Paris Saint-Germain)
Diogo Dalot (19/Manchester United)
Moussa Djenepo (20/Standard Liege)
Ritsu Doan (20/Groningen)
Éder Militão (20/Porto)
Odsonne Edouard (20/Celtic)
Evander (20/Midtjylland)
Phil Foden (18/Manchester City)
Achraf Hakimi (19/Borussia Dortmund)
Amadou Haidara (20/RB Salzburg)
João Félix (18/Benfica)
Jota (19/Benfica)
Jovane Cabral (20/Sporting CP)
Dejan Joveljic (19/Red Star)
Boubacar Kamara (18/Marseille)
Moise Kean (18/Juventus)
Jules Keita (20/Dijon)
Justin Kluivert (19/Roma)
Alban Lafont (19/Fiorentina)
Manu García (20/Toulouse)
Kylian Mbappé (19/Paris Saint-Germain)
Pietro Pellegri (17/Monaco)
Christian Pulisic (20/Borussia Dortmund)
Marcelo Saracchi (20/RB Leipzig)
Ismaïla Sarr (20/Rennes)
Dayot Upamecano (19/RB Leipzig)
Vinicius Júnior (18/Real Madrid)
Moussa Wagué (19/FC Barcelona)
Timothy Weah (18/Paris Saint Germain)
Nicolò Zaniolo (19/Roma)

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