Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford came in third place in 2017 Golden Boy Award, the Italian media Tuttosport revealed.
Rashford came behind only Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, who ended up in top two spots. The Tuttosport, which runs the award, expectedly went with new Paris Saint-Germain player in first place, after a stellar season in Monaco. Mbappe was part of a French league winning team and Champions League semifinalists. Dembele, on the other hand, played magnificently for Borussia Dortmund before making a move to Barcelona.
However, Marcus Rashford coming in third place is a great compliment for both the player and the club’s academy. He is a Manchester-born player and he managed to become a first-team regular in a boyhood club in spite of the modern era of buying expensive players from all over the world.
Marcus Rashford And His Amazing Achievements
Rashford is about to turn 20 on the last day of October and his achievements speak enough about him. He made a Manchester United debut in February 2016 and continued improving ever since. Rashford scored 26 goals across all competitions, including Premire League, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Champions League.
He made a debut for England in May of the same year, while his first competitive match for the national team came only four months after his club debut. Rashford scored twice in England shirt in 13 appearances and this season he looks even better for his club.
The 19-year old has played in 14 matches for Manchester United in 2017-18. He scored seven goals across three different competitions and made four assists. Jose Mourinho made him a standard starting XI player and with enough playing time, Rashford is bound to become a great star.
How Far Can He Go?
Football fans always like to hear about players with great potential. Marcus Rashford is not different. Everyone were excited when he emerged as a part of the Louis Van Gaal team and never stopped talking about him. And for a good reason, too. Rashford has been phenomenal, showing he has a huge potential. However, looking into the future is never easy.
Basically, everything is a guess. What can be said about him is that he possesses the qualities needed to succeed. Rashford is pacey and direct, he is great at taking on players and his finishing is very good. Of course, there is a lot of room for improvements, as with any young player. However, Rashford needs to continue working hard and try to avoid long-term injuries. The big stage, tough opponents and his mental strength should do him a favour. Becoming a footballing great in these circumstances is a real possibility.
Many Talents Behind Rashford
With Mbappe, Dembele and Rashford in top three places, who are the talented players behind the Englishman?
Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City came in fourth place, just behind his city rival. The Brazilian has been exceptional for the Citizens since day one and has already scored six Premier League goals this season. The Top 10 is completed by Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Emre Mor (Celta Vigo), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) and Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus).
The players eligible for the award must be under 21 years of age. Players that have turned 21 are uneligible, with players like Marco Asensio among them.