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 ’ Leaonardo Spinazzola last year.

Teammate came second in the voting.

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Padraig Whelan

- Deputy Editor of Forza Italian Football. Sports journalist with the Dundalk Democrat newspaper, based in Ireland and cover football in a number of places such as The Sun, The Mirror, The Star, The Times and more. You can get in touch with me on Twitter: @PWhelan88.

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