Ajax new recruit, Kudus Mohammed has made it to the top 60 shortlists for the prestigious Golden Boy Award.
Kudus Mohammed, who joined Ajax from Nordsjælland 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 last month and has now been further trimmed down to 60, with Kudus still in contention.
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 youngster who netted on his international debut against South Africa in a African Cup of Nations qualifier (AFCON) in November will have to beat the likes of Alphonso Davies, Erling Braut Haland, Vinicius Jnr, Jadon Sancho, Gabriel Martinelli etc. to win the prestigious award.
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 60-man list:
1) Karim-David ADEYEMI, RED BULL SALZBURG, Munich (Ger), January 18, 2002, German-Nigerian, forward
2) Yacine ADLI, BORDEAUX, Vitry-sur-Seine (Fra), 20 July 2000, Franco-Algerian, midfielder
3) Marley AKE, OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE, Beziers (Fra), January 5, 2001, Franco-Ivorian, forward
4) Ethan Kwame Colm Raymond AMPADU, CHELSEA, Exeter (Ing), 14 September 2000, Welsh-Ghanaian, defender
5) Adil AOUCHICHE, SAINT-ETIENNE, Le Blanc-Mesnil (Fra), 15 July 2002, Franco-Algerian, midfielder
6) Mitchel BAKKER, PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN, Purmerend (Ola), June 20, 2000, Dutch, defender
7) Jude Victor William BELLINGHAM, BORUSSIA DORTMUND, Stourbridge (Ing), 29 June 2003, English, midfielder
8) Myron BOADU, AZ ALKMAAR, Amsterdam (Ola), January 14, 2001, Dutch-Ghanaian, forward
9) Eduardo CAMAVINGA, RENNES, Cabinda (Ang), 10 November 2002, Franco-Angolan, midfielder
10) Marco CARNESECCHI, ATALANTA, Rimini (Ita), 1 July 2000, Italian, goalkeeper
11) Rayan Mathis CHERKI, OLYMPIQUE LYON, Pusignan (Fra), 17 August 2003, Franco-Algerian, forward
12) Yan Bueno COUTO, MANCHESTER CITY, Curitiba (Bra), June 3, 2002, Brazilian, defender
13) Jonathan Christian DAVID, LILLA, New York (Usa), January 14, 2000, Canadian-American, forward
14) Alphonso Boyle DAVIES, BAYERN, Buduburam (Gha), November 2, 2000, Canadian-Liberian, defender
15) Sergiño Gianni DEST, AJAX, Almere (Ola), November 3, 2000, Dutch-American, defender
16) Daniel Soares FABIO SILVA, PORTO, Gondomar (Por), July 19, 2002, Portuguese, forward
17) Anssumane Vieira FATI, BARCELONA, Bissau (Gnb), 31 October 2002, Hispanic-Guinean, forward
18) Philip Walter FODEN, MANCHESTER CITY, Stockport (Ing), May 28, 2000, English, midfielder
19) Zeljko GAVRIC, RED STAR, Ugljevik (Bos), December 5, 2000, Bosnian Serb, forward
20) Lutsharel GEERTRUIDA, FEYENOORD, Rotterdam (Ola), July 18, 2000, Dutch-Curacaoan, defender
21) Matias GONCALO RAMOS, BENFICA, Olhão (Por), June 20, 2001, Portuguese, midfielder
22) Amine Ferid GOUIRI, NICE, Bourgoin-Jallieu (Fra), February 16, 2000, Franco-Algerian, forward.
23) Ryan Jiro GRAVENBERCH, AJAX, Amsterdam (Ola), May 16, 2002, Dutch-Surinamese, midfielder
24) Mason Will John GREENWOOD, MANCHESTER UNITED, Wibsey (Bradford, Ing), 1 October 2001, English, forward
25) Erling Braut HALAND, BORUSSIA DORTMUND, Leeds (Ing), 21 July 2000, Anglo-Norwegian, forward
26) Luqman Shamsudin HAKIM, KORTRIJK, Kota Bharu (Kelantan, Mas), 5 March 2002, Malaysian, forward
27) Callum James HUDSON-ODOI, CHELSEA, Wandsworth (London, Ing), 7 November 2000, Anglo-Ghanaian, forward
28) Mohamed Amine IHATTAREN, PSV EINDHOVEN, Utrecht (Ola), February 12, 2002, Dutch-Moroccan, midfielder
29) Curtis Julian JONES, LIVERPOOL, Liverpool (Ing), January 30, 2001, English, midfielder
30) Ozan Muhammed KABAK, SCHALKE 04, Cankaya / Ankara (Tur), March 25, 2000, Turkish, defender
31) Tanguy-Austin Nianzou KOUASSI, BAYERN, Paris (Fra), 7 June 2002, Franco-Ivorian, defender
32) Takefusha KUBO, VILLARREAL, Kawasaki (Gia), June 4, 2001, Japanese, midfielder
33) Mohammed KUDUS, AJAX, Accra (Gha), 2 August 2000, Ghanaian, forward
34) Dejan KULUSEVSKI, JUVENTUS, Stockholm (Sve), 25 April 2000, Swedish-Macedonian, forward
35) Gabriel Teodoro Silva MARTINELLI, ARSENAL, Guarulhos (Bra), June 18, 2001, Italian-Brazilian, forward
36) Patricio NEHUEN PEREZ, ATHLETIC MADRID, Hurlingham (Arg), 24 June 2000, Argentinian, defender
37) Michael Oluwadurotimi OBAFEMI, SOUTHAMPTON, Dublin (Irl), 6 July 2000, Irish-Nigerian, forward
38) Paulo Henrique Sampaio Filho PAULINHO, BAYER LEVERKUSEN, Rio de Janeiro (Bra), 15 July 2000, Brazilian, forward
39) Strahinja PAVLOVIC, AS MONACO, Sabac (Ser), 24 May 2001, Serbian defender
40) Pedro Gonzalez Lopez PEDRI, BARCELONA, Tegueste (Tenerife, Spa), 25 November 2002, Spanish, forward
41) Lomba PEDRO NETO, WOLVERHAMPTON, Viana do Castelo (Por), 9 March 2000, Portuguese, forward
42) Eduardo Filipe Vieira Coimbra Simoes QUARESMA, SPORTING LISBON, Barreiro (Por), 2 March 2002, Portuguese, defender
43) Euclides Soares RAFAEL CAMACHO, SPORTING LISBON, Lisbon (Por), 22 May 2000, Portuguese-Angolan, forward
44) Jesus Carvalho REINIER, REAL MADRID, Brasilia (Bra), January 19, 2002, Brazilian, forward
45) Silva de Goes RODRYGO, REAL MADRID, Osasco (SP, Bra), January 9, 2001, Brazilian, forward
46) Bukayo SAKA, ARSENAL, London (Ing), 5 September 2001, Anglo-Ghanaian, midfielder
47) William Alain André Gabriel SALIBA, ARSENAL, Bondy (Fra), 24 March 2001, Franco-Cameroonian, defender
48) Jadon Malik SANCHO, BORUSSIA DORTMUND, London (Eng), 25 March 2000, Anglo-Guyanese, forward
49) Kouassi Ryan SESSEGNON, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, Roehampton (London, Eng), May 18, 2000, Anglo-Beninese, defender
50) Dominik SZOBOSZLAI, RED BULL SALZBURG, Székesfehervar (Ung), 25 October 2000, Hungarian, midfielder
51) Tomas Franco TAVARES, BENFICA, Peniche (Por), 7 March 2001, Portuguese-Cape Verdean, defender
52) Mateus Cardoso Lemos Martins TETE, SHAKHTAR DONETSK, Alvorada (RS, Bra), February 15, 2000, Brazilian, forward
53) Lago Pontes TOMÁS ESTEVES, PORTO, Arco de Valdevez (Por), April 3, 2002, Portuguese, defender
54) Ferran Garcia TORRES, MANCHESTER CITY, Foios (Spa), 29 February 2000, Spanish, forward
55) Heorhiy TSITAISHVILI, DYNAMO KIEV, Rishon LeZion (Isr), November 18, 2000, Ukrainian-Georgian, forward
56) Yari VERSCHAEREN, ANDERLECHT, Sint-Niklaas (Bel), 12 July 2001, Belgian, forward
57) José Paixao de Oliveira VINICIUS JUNIOR, REAL MADRID, Sao Gonçclo (Bra), 12 July 2000, Brazilian, forward
58) Machado VITOR FERREIRA, PORTO, Póvoa de Lanhoso (Por), February 13, 2000, Portuguese, midfielder
59) Neco Shay WILLIAMS, LIVERPOOL, Wrexham (Gal), 13 April 2001, Welsh, defender
60) Joshua Orobosa ZIRKZEE, BAYERN, Schiedam (Ola), May 22, 2001, Dutch-Nigerian, forward
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