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Iheanacho loses Golden Boy award to Sanchez

Kelechi Ihenacho  and Leroy Sane missed out on the chance to be named the 2016 Golden Boy.

The Manchester City pair were in the running to be named the best footballer on the continent under 21, having been included on the 40-man shortlist  l ast month  .

But they did not make the podium in the final reckoning for the prize, established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and voted for by journalists from 30 major newspapers across Europe.


Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches beat United’s Marcus Rashford to the title, with his teammate in Germany Kingsley Coman in third place. Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donarumma also featured in the top ten.

Despite opting to bring in Ilkay Gundogan to the club this summer instead of pursuing Sanches, Pep Guardiola rates the Bayern Munich star highly.

“He is one of the best young players in Europe,” he said back in April as his Bayern side came up against Benfica in the Champions League.

“It is not easy for anyone, at the age of 18, to be playing at the highest level. He has a great future ahead.





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