Matthijs de ligt is very proud of winning the Golden Boy Award, the prize for biggest talent of the year. The nineteen-year-old defender from Ajax was in the prestigious election of the preferred over, among others, his former team-mate Justin Kluivert.
“I am very happy and very proud that I have this prize to have won, especially if you look at the players that have previously won,” says The Is Monday, on the site of the Italian Tuttosport, the Golden Boy Award since 2003 issue.
“It is almost unbelievable that I was in a row with Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Rafael van der Vaart, sta. There are only big names on the list, but Messi stands out for me really. I am very proud that I will soon, as he did thirteen years ago, with the prize in my hands.”
The Is was together with Kluivert (AS Roma), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan) and Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) on a shortlist of five. A group of 35 journalists chose convincing for The Is, which is 75 points more than number two, Alexander-Arnold.
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AvatarAuteurtuttosportMoment of plaatsen08:30 – 17 december 2018
The Is the first defender that you win
It is only the second time in the history that the Golden Boy Award to a Dutch talent. In 2003, if Van der Vaart, then also playing for Ajax, the prize. The hotel is also only the first defender ever to be the Golden Boy Award wins.
“Knowing that there used to be only midfielders and attackers have won, this prize for me extra special,” said The Is. “There are a lot of people around me who helped me the last time and that is why this award is also for them.”
The captain of Ajax, Paris Saint-Germain attacker Mbappé follow, given the Golden Boy Award Monday night awarded at a gala in Turin.
The Is wins as the second Dutchman ever prestigious Golden Boy Award