International

Portugal's Joao Felix wins 'Golden Boy' award

2019-11-27 17:39
Joao Felix
Joao Felix (Getty Images)

Milan  - Atletico Madrid's Portuguese international Joao Felix was named the winner of the 'Golden Boy' trophy on Wednesday, awarded by Italian newspaper Tuttosport to the best under-21 footballer in Europe.

The 20-year-old forward took the prize ahead of Borussia Dortmund's English winger Jadon Sancho and Bayer Leverkusen's German midfielder Kai Havertz.

He succeeds Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt, who won last year while playing for Ajax before moving to Juventus.

Felix moved from Benfica this season to Atletico Madrid on a transfer worth around €120 million.

He scored 15 goals for Benfica last season, and this season has scored three goals for Atletico.

"Thank you to everyone at Tuttosport for the Golden Boy 2019 Award, I am very proud," he said in a video message.

"It's the second time that an Atletico Madrid player has won this trophy and I am very happy.

"Thank you also to Benfica, in particular my coach Bruno Lage for all he did for me, and my family for always staying by my side."

Previous winners have included Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, with Sergio Aguero the last Atletico player to win the award in 2007.

Read more on:    atletico madrid  |  joao felix  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.