João Félix Just Won the 2019 Golden Boy Award
Beating Jadon Sancho to the trophy ?
João Félix has been named the 2019 Golden Boy, fending off competition from England and Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and young German baller Kai Havertz.
Jadon Sancho would finish runner up to Félix in the award despite finishing the 2018-19 season with more assists than any other player in Europe, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz following the pair in third.
Félix joins illustrious company by winning the award, with likes of Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Agüero, Kylian Mbappé and most recently Matthijs de Ligt having previously been handed the trophy.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough 2019, having sauced it up at Benfica – where he bagged 20 goals and assisted 11 in just 43 games – before moving to Atletico for £113 million in the fifth most expensive transfer in history.
João Félix's last outing in Europe = ⚽⚽⚽?️
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In other young baller news, 19-year-old Max Taylor just received his first Man United call-up after overcoming cancer.