Published On: Tue, Feb 26th, 2013

Viareggio Cup 2013: AC Milan ace scoops Golden Boy award

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midfielder has been awarded the Golden Boy honour of being the best player at this year’s tournament.

The 17-year-old starred throughout the tournament and turned in a series of majestic performances that caught the eye of the nine journalists who vote for this award.

He told La Domenica Sportiva: “This is a great satisfaction for me although I would have preferred to have won the tournament.

are a good team but maybe if we had scored in the first half then things would have been different but we had a good game at the end of a major tournament and gave everything to win it but it was not to be.”

also commented on his performances afterwards, saying that he has now really caught the eye: “Cristante will definitely be a part of the first team next season and he deserves it.”

There is also talk of  a new contract in the offing for the youngster following his impressive displays.

He is the fifth recipient of this award following victories for ’s in 2009, in 2010 with , ’s 2011 win through Simone Dell’Agnello and Juventus’ Leaonardo Spinazzola last year.

Teammate came second in the voting.

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Padraig Whelan

- I have been a huge fan of Italian football since being bought Dejan Savicevic jersey on holiday as very young kid and been hooked ever since. My favourite players to have played in the Italian game are Francesco Totti (my absolute hero) and Filippo Inzaghi. I am currently studying for a degree in sports journalism.



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