The Golden boy award is an accolade that is handed out to the best performing young footballer playing in Europe during a calendar year and is voted for by sports journalists from across Europe.
All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play their club football in a European top division.
It can be said to be the Ballon d’Or for young players. The award was founded in 2003 by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport. The award has had notable winners that include; Lionel Messi (2005), Wayne Rooney (2004), Cesc Fabregas (2006), Sergio Aguero (2007), Paul Pogba (2013) and Kylian Mbappe (2017).
The last winner of the award in 2020 was Norwegian and Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland. Here’s the Gloden Boy Shortlist for the year 2021;
Jude Bellingham (England, Brossia Dortmund)
Giovanni Reyna (United States, Brossia Dortmund)
Eduardo Camavinga (France, Real Madrid)
Rodrygo (Brazil, Real Madrid)
William Saliba (France, Marseille)
Bukayo Saka (England, Arsenal)
Yeremi Pino (Spain, Villareal)
Roberto Piccoli (Italy, Atlanta)
Nuno Mendes (Portugal, PSG)
Jamal Musiala (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Daniel Maldini (Italy, AC Milan)
Pedri (Spain, Barcelona)
Gavi (Spain, Barcelona)
Bryan Gil (Spain, Tottenham)
Ryan Gravenberch (Netherland, Ajax)
Jurrien Timber (Netherland, Ajax)
Mason Greenwood (England, Manchester United)
Charles De Ketelaere (Belgium, Brugge)
Karim Adeyemi (Germany, RB Salzburg)
Florian Writz (Germany, Bayer Leverkusen)
A lot of footballers that have made the final shortlists of the Golden Boy award in times past have gone on to have very successful football careers at both club and international level. Some others have not been so successful while others have completely flopped.
We hope those listed here would go on to have flourishing football careers as the prospects they have shown thus far.
Who do you think deserves to win the Golden Boy 2021 award, have your say in the comments section below.
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