Renato Sanches won the Best Young Player of the World Award

Italian daily Tuttosportt published the name of the world’s best footballer under 21 to win the prestigious 2016 Golden Boy Award. The winner of the poll was 19-year-old Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich, who won the European Championship with Portugal in the summer. Read more info

Sanches was one of the trio that came to the narrowest selection. Of the forty-two nominees, another player from Bayern Munich was Frenchman Kingsley Coman and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford. Journalists from thirty European newspapers have taken the vote.

Renato Sanches is the crowning year of his career.Only during last season he worked his way up to Benfica’s basic line-up Lisbon, thanks to his excellent performance he got into the nomination for EURO in France, which eventually dominated the whole team with Portugal. After the championship he then moved to one of the world’s best clubs – Bayern Munich.

“I’m excited, I dedicate it to my family. a lot to learn from my fantastic teammates – Arthur Vidal, Xabi Alonso, Thiag Alcantara or Joshua Kimmich, “ said Sanches humbly. Thomas and Principe, thereby interrupted the two-year domination of the Premier League players.In 2014, Raheem Sterling from Liverpool received this Bet 365 award, and Anthony Martial from Manchester United last year.Mario Götze won the Bundesliga for the last time in 2011, but no Portuguese has ever won the Golden Boy title.

All 40 nominated players: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Leon Bailey (Racing Genk), Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco), Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach, on loan from Chelsea), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich, on loan from Juventus), Ante Coric (Dinamo), Amadou Diawara (Napoli), Mahmoud Dahoud (Gladbach), Danilo (Benfica), Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) ), Carlos Fernandez (Seville), Gabigol (Inter), Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Marko Gruijic (Liverpool), Goncalo Guedes (Benfica), Alen Halilovic ), Iwobi Alex (Arsenal), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Emanuel Mamman (Lyon), Nathan (Vitesse), Ruben Neves (Porto), Jules Ntcham (Genoa), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen), Antonio Sarabria (Real Betis), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Almama Toure (Monaco).