Four Croatian footballers have been nominated for the ‘Golden Boy’ award, which is given to Europe’s best young footballer.
Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Ćorić (19) and Borna Sosa (19), Hajduk midfielder Nikola Vlašić (19), and 18-year-old Bayern Munich player Fabian Benko are all finalists for the award, which is awarded by Italy’s Tuttosport.
Ćorić has already represented Croatia at senior level, whilst a big future lies ahead of youth internationals Sosa and Vlašić.
Benko is a player who was part of Bayern Munich’s youth set up and is eligible to represent both Croatia and Germany. He was set to play for Croatia U-21 last year but did not play.
Favourites for the award include AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé, and Ousmane Dembelé from Borussia Dortmund.
Previous winners of the award, which is open to players born after 1 January 1992, include Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas. as Players born after 1 January 1992 are eligible for the award.