Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix was named the 2019 Golden Boy award winner on Wednesday.
The honour, presented by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, is given to the best player aged 21 and under, based in Europe. Portugal international Felix beat competition from some of Europe's most promising rising stars to land the award, including Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland of FC Salzburg.
Sancho finished second, with Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz in third.
Atletico Madrid said that Portugal forward Joao Felix injured his right ankle during Saturday's Spanish league match against Valencia.
Felix went down with around 10 minutes left in the game when his ankle buckled and had to be helped off the field.
That left Atletico with 10 men and Valencia soon leveled to take a 1-1 draw. Following the match, the club said that "he player underwent an X-ray and MRI scan at a local clinic and that he suffered "a grade two sprain of the external...
Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, who has been labelled the "new Cristiano Ronaldo" could achieve something his Portugal teammate failed as he was named as one of the final 20 nominees for the 2019 Golden Boy award.
The honour, presented by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, is given to the best player aged 21 and under. Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is the holder but, as with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe the year before, the champion is not allowed to retain his title.
Diego Costa scored his first goal since March and Alvaro Morata was sent off as Atletico Madrid won 2-0 at Mallorca on Wednesday to move top of La Liga.
Costa powered home a header from Koke's cross after 26 minutes to give a dominant Atletico the advantage at the Iberostar Stadium.
Joao Felix doubled Atletico's lead after the break when after a scramble in the box his deflected effort looped in at the far post.
Substitute Morata was sent off in the final stages for two yellow cards in quick succession...