France’s Kylian Mbappe won the FIFA Young Player award. The award was created to recognise the impact made by young footballers in the FIFA World Cup. The tournament is constantly being rejuvenated by fresh talent – many of these players are relatively unknown even before the opening ceremony, but emerge as household names after the event.
The teenage prodigy did not disappoint in his first world finals. The 19-year-old drew gasps of admiration from the watching world with his bursts of acceleration and searing pace. In putting two goals past Argentina he became the youngest scorer of a brace in a World Cup knockout match since Pele in 1958, while his strike in the Final sealed victory for Les Bleus.
The award is presented to the player with the biggest impact at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Technical qualities such as skill, style and charisma are taken into account, but so are other important factors such as a sense of fair play and a genuine impression that the player is playing for the love of the game.
Recognising the Young Player is a valuable promotional tool for football, and an important moment for the future career of the triumphant young player. The winner must have been born on or after 1 January 1997.
Paul Pogba, from France, was the winner of this award at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Criteria for nomination
Exceptional skill level
Youthful and refreshing playing style
Creativity and inspiration
Tactical maturity and efficiency
Fan recognition through entertaining performances
Role model for young players
Positive attitude and fair play