10 Early Favourites For World Cup 2018 Best Young Player Award

Who will be this summer's most successful young talent?

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At the end of each World Cup, only one team can lift the legendary trophy, but individual players are also honoured for their accomplishments over the course of the tournament, and they aren't always members of the winning side.

The Best Young Player Award was first handed out at the 2006 tournament, with Germany's Lukas Podolski taking home the prize after scoring three goals to help his team to a third place finish. In 2010, 20-year-old Thomas Müller claimed the award after scoring five times as Germany finished third again.

In 2014, it was Paul Pogba’s turn, despite France only making it to the quarter finals, proving that this award isn’t just automatically handed out to whichever young player makes it furthest in the competition.

Given to the best player aged 21 or under, the race for the Best Young Player Award will be a fascinating subplot to this summer’s tournament. There are already a few clear front-runners for the gong, but some lesser-known young players will be doing all they can to give the bigger stars a run for their money.

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