Joao Felix, Jadon Sancho, Matthijs de Ligt Lead 2019 40-Man Golden Boy Shortlist

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Soccrates Images/Getty ImagesJuventus and Netherlands star Matthijs de Ligt could become the first player to win two Golden Boy trophies after he was named on the shortlist of 40 players in the running for the 2019 award. Atletico Madrid and Portugal forward Joao Felix will be considered among the most serious competition, as will Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior.Six Premier League players remain in this year’s hunt for the award given to the best under-21 player, although no players from Liverpool or Manchester United have been included.Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea counterpart Mason Mount are among them, while Arsenal are the only English club with more than one nominee after Matteo Guendouzi and Reiss Nelson made the cut.La Liga clubs account for 10 of those named—more than any other division—while the Bundesliga and Serie A each have six representatives still left on the shortlist, per Goal.2019 Golden Boy 40-Man ShortlistJoao Felix (Atletico Madrid)Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)Phil Foden (Manchester City)Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)Michael Cuisance (Bayern Munich)Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid)Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)Erling Braut Haaland (RB Salzburg)Mason Mount (Chelsea)Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)Rafael Leao (AC Milan)Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma)Justin Kluivert (Roma)Eljif Elmas (Napoli)Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)Matteo Gu

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