Joao Felix’s coronation
Joao Felix was presented with the Golden Boy award for 2019 by Tuttosport on Monday night.
The Atletico Madrid forward was named the best player under the age of 21 in the world after winning a vote.
He follows in the footsteps of the likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Kylian Mbappe and last year’s winner Matthijs de Ligt in lifting the trophy.
After votes from 40 journalists, Joao Felix won the award with 332 points ahead of Jadon Sancho (175 points) and Kai Havertz (75).
«Firstly, I want to thank Tuttosport,» the Portuguese said at the ceremony.
«I’m proud to have an award like this and be the second Atletico player [after Sergio Aguero] to win it.
«I also want to thank Benfica and their coach Bruno Lage for giving me the opportunity and my family for always being by my side.»