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Málaga midfielder Isco wins the Golden Ball award for 2012

He will receive the trophy on the pitch of La Rosaleda before Málaga's match with Real Madrid. Previous winners include Sergio Agüero, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fábregas.

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Málaga midfielder Isco wins the Golden Ball award for 2012

Málaga midfielder Isco has won the Golden Boy 2012, the prize for the best under-21 player in Europe, chosen by Italian sports newspaper 'Tuttosport'.

Isco received 137 votes, 12 more than AC Milan forward Stephan El-Shaarawy, and 21 more than Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Isco will receive the trophy on the pitch of La Rosaleda before Málaga's match with Real Madrid on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old, from Benalmádena, Málaga province, is a regular fixture in Spain's under-21 side and has been called up to the first team on two occasions. He was chosen as the "revelation of the season" in 2011-12 by the Spanish league.

Recent winners of the Golden Boy:

2012 Francisco Román Alarcón ''Isco'' (Málaga)

2011 Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund)

2010 Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)

2009 Alexandre Pato (Milan)

2008 Anderson (Manchester United)

2007 Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid)

2006 Cesc Fábregas (Arsenal)

2005 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

2004 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

2003 Rafa Van der Vaart (Ajax)

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