Golden Boy 2018: 40-man shortlist announced

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Kylian Mbappe of France receives the Best Young Player award following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The shortlist for the 2018 Golden Boy award has been reduced from 100 to 40 players

Each year, Italian newspaper Tuttosport hands out the award to the most impressive young player in Europe over the last 12 months.

Previous winners include Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba.

2017 winner Kylian Mbappe in on the shortlist yet again on the back of an incredible season that saw the 19-year-old striker win the World Cup and have a hand in Paris Saint-Germain’s domestic treble success.

Should Mbappe win this year’s edition, then he will become the first player to have ever retained the award since it was first created in 2003.

Tuttosport revealed that the French teenage star remains in the 40-man shortlist along with Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Kylian Mbappe dribbles the ball during a Paris Saint-Germain press conference at Old Trafford on February 11, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot and Manchester City’s newest young midfielder star Phil Foden, who is being compared to Barcelona great Andres Iniesta, have also been included.

Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt are also up for the prize.