Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix was named the 2019 Golden Boy award champ on Wednesday.

The respect, introduced by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, is given to the best player matured 21 and under, situated in Europe. Portugal international Felix beat competition from a portion of Europe’s most promising rising stars to arrive at the award, including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland of FC Salzburg.

Sancho completed second, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz in third.

Sergio Aguero won the award while at Atletico Madrid in 2007 and Felix stated: “Thank you Tuttosport for the Golden boy 2019 award. I’m very proud.

“This is the second time an Atletico Madrid player gets this acknowledgment and I’m happy. Thank you to Benfica, especially coach Bruno Lage for all that he has done for me and my family, that is always close to me.”

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt was the 2018 winner yet, likewise with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe the year prior to, the champion isn’t permitted to hold his title.

Felix, 20, joined Atletico from Benfica in the summer for ‚ā¨126 million and has scored three goals so far this season.

The award originally began in 2003 with Rafael van der Vaart, then of Ajax, the principal beneficiary. Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney won it a year later before Lionel Messi asserted the award in 2005. Other notable champs incorporate Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling.

Felix has been compared to Portugal compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo yet the Juventus forward never managed to lift the award, which is voted by a panel of 40 writers from the primary Italian and international media.

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