World Cup: Lukas Podolski - Best Young Player

Other finalists were Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Luis Valencia of Ecuador, Tranquillo Barnetta of Switzerland and Cesc Fabregas of Spain.

Messi, Ronaldo and Valencia made the shortlist by finishing in the top three of fan voting via while Barnetta, Fabregas and Podolski were nominated by FIFA's Technical Study Group. Podolski finished fourth in the fan vote, which drew nearly one million ballots.

The 14 members of the Technical Study Group decided the winner. The original field consisted of 40 players.

Podolski, who turned 21 on June 4, has three goals in six matches at the tournament. The FC Cologne striker has teamed well with Miroslav Klose up front for the Germans, the AP reports.

The award goes to "the player born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, who makes the biggest impression at the FIFA World Cup ... criteria for the award include "style, charisma, fair play and appetite for the game, as well as pure technical skill."

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