Kylian Mbappe Wins 2017 Golden Boy Award: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2017

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 22: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain during the Ligue 1 match between Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint Germain   at Stade Velodrome on October 22, 2017 in Marseille, (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has won the 2017 Golden Boy award for the best player under the age of 21 in Europe. 

The Frenchman was confirmed as the winner by Tuttosport (via The Sun's John Hutchinson), which runs the award, on Monday following a breakthrough year in which Mbappe helped Monaco win Ligue 1. 

Mbappe, who turns 19 on December 20, also made his senior international debut for France in March and played a crucial role in Leonardo Jardim's Monaco side making the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Squawka provided Mbappe's impressive stats for 2017:

His remarkable 2016-17 campaign with Monaco earned the youngster a loan move to PSG in the summer ahead of a potential €180 million (£166 million) permanent move at the end of the season, per the Guardian's Ed Aarons.

The Paris-born teenager has already made a big impression at the Parc des Princes, returning four goals and five assists in nine appearances in the league and Champions League. 

Per Tuttotsport (via Goal's Harry Sherlock), Mbappe won the prestigious award with 291 votes ahead of second-placed Ousmane Dembele (149 votes), third-placed Marcus Rashford (76) and fourth-placed Gabriel Jesus (72).

Dembele, 20, starred for Borussia Dortmund in 2016-17 before securing a move to Barcelona in August as Neymar's replacement in a deal worth £135.5 million.

Manchester United's Rashford, 19, and Manchester City's Jesus, 20, are two of the Premier League's best young attacking talents, and both have started the 2017-18 season in fine fashion.

Per WhoScored.com, Jesus has netted six goals and provided one assist in the English top flight this term, while Rashford has returned three goals and three assists.

There is little to choose between the pair in terms of talent, but Rashford pipped his City counterpart both in terms of appearances and silverware in 2017, having won the UEFA Europa League and EFL Cup with United. 

The top 10 was completed by AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, Ajax's Kasper Dolberg, Celta Vigo's Emre Mor, Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa and Juventus' Rodrigo Bentancur.

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