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Golden Boy Award Shortlist Trimmed To 20 Names

The nominees list for the prestigious Golden Boy award has been trimmed to 20 players, including two African starlets.

Click through the gallery above to see the five previous Golden Boy winners.

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is on hand to make history as he could win the award for the second straight year after being included among the final 20 nominees by Italian publication Tuttosport.

Mbappe played a key role as PSG claimed the domestic treble, and netted four goals to help France clinch their second World Cup title back in July.

Borussia Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi and Red Bull Salzburg's Amadou Haidara were the only African players to make the final 20-man shortlist for the award, which is given to a young footballer (under the age of 21) playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year..

Some of the previous winners include Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling.

The full 20-man nominees list:

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kelvin Amian (Toulouse), Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyon), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan), Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb), Tom Davies (Everton), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Eder Militao (FC Porto), Odsonne Edouard (Celtic), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Gedson Fernandes (Benfica), Amadou Haidara (Red Bull Salzburg), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Real Madrid), Nanitamo Ikone (Lille), Justin Kluivert (Roma), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid).
 
Who do you think is going to win the 2018 Golden Boy award? Let us know in the comments section below.

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