Nigeria and Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho missed out on the 2015 Golden Boy award for Europe’s best young player to Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
The Manchester United summer signing succeeded Raheem Sterling in scooping the award ahead of his United team-mates Luke Shaw and Adnan Januzaj,Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman,Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and Iheanacho who were also on the 40-man shortlist.
The accolade is reserved for players under the age of 21 and is voted for by journalists from 30 major newspapers across the continent, including L’Équipe (France), Marca (Spain) and The Times (England) was established by Italian publication Tuttosport in 2003.
Martial’s exciting rise in the calendar year of 2015 included a successful end to the season with Monaco (who finished third in Ligue 1), a first senior cap for France in September and a highly promising start to his United career, with six goals in his first 19 appearances.
The quicksilver forward is the third United player to receive the award, after Wayne Rooney (2004) and Anderson (2008) – no other club has had more than one winner.
Other previous recipients include Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba.