Kudus Mohammed misses out on 40-man shortlist for 2020 Golden Boy Award

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Budding Ghanaian midfielder Kudus Mohammed has been left out of the top 40 shortlists for the prestigious Golden Boy Award.

Kudus Mohammed, who joined Ajax from Nordsjælland earlier this summer for a fee reported to be around €9m earned a place on the 2020 top 100 Golden Boy list after putting in impressive performances for Nordsjælland week in and week out.

The list was whittled down from 100 to 80 in July, then 80 to 60 in August and has now been further scammed down to 40, with Kudus missing out.

The burgeoning midfielder made 25 appearances for Nordsjaelland last season, starting 22 of the games and scoring 11 times.

Italian outlet Tuttosport came up with the Golden Boy award in 2003 . An award for young players under the age of 21 playing in one of the top tier leagues and have been exceptional in the year under review. It has become one of Europe’s most prestigious awards

The award has been in existence for 14 years now, Rafael van der Vaart was the first winner, he was later followed by Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero.

More recently Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Kylian Mbappe and Matheus de Ligt have all won the award.

Below is the list of the players who made it into the 40-man list:

Marley Ake (Marseille), Adil Aouchiche (PSG), Benoît Badiashile (Monaco), Mitchel Bakker (PSG), Myron Boadu (AZ), Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), Rayan Cherki (Lyon), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Sergino Dest (Ajax), Sebastiano Esposito (Inter Milan)

Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Amine Gouiri (Lyon), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Mohamed Amine Ihattaren (PSV), Ozan Muhammed Kabak (Schalke 04), Dejan Kulusevski (Parma, Juventus)

Tanguy Kouassi (PSG, Bayern Munich), Fábio Silva (FC Porto), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg), Tomás Tavarez (Benfica), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Ferrán Torres (Valencia FC), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid), Jonathan David (La Gantoise)

Tomas Esteves (FC Porto), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Rafael Camacho (Sporting CP), Marcos Antonio Marin (Dinamo Zagreb), Michael Karbownik (Legia Warsaw), Silva Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid), Christos Tzolis (PAOK), Vladyslav Supriaha (FC Dynamo Kyiv), Dennis Borkowski (RB Leipzig), Marco Carnesecchi (Trapani, Atalanta)

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