The nominees for the 2022 Golden boy award has been announced and 100 youngsters stand a chance of bagging home the award later this year.

The Golden Boy award is given by sports journalists to the best young footballer in Europe over a calendar year.

Fati, Musiala, Gravenberch, Moukoko, Elanga, Gravenberch, Bellingham, Camavinga and Nuno Mendes are also among the list.

The Golden Boy is an award that is given by sports journalists to a young footballer playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year (two halves to two separate seasons). All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation’s top tier. The 2021 edition was won by Barcelona’s Pedri.

The prize was established by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport in 2003, with Ajax starlet Rafael van der Vaart taking home the inaugural trophy.

Full Nominees
Karim-David ADEYEMI, BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Felix Ohene AFENA-GYAN ,ROMA
Lucien Jefferson AGOUMÉ, INTER
Anouar AIT EL HADJ, ANDERLECHT
Janis ANTISTE, SPEZIA
Alejandro Martínez BALDÉ, BARCELONA
Jude BELLINGHAM, BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Stipe BIUK, HAJDUK
Edoardo BOVE, ROME
Jayden Jezairo BRAAF, BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Brian Ebenezer Adjei BROBBEY, RB LIPSIA Eduardo Celmi CAMAVINGA, REAL MADRID
Matteo CANCELLIERI, VERONA Rayan Mathis CHERKI, OLYMPIQUE LYON
Mohamed-Ali CHO, SCO ANGERS Moustapha Elhadji CISSÉ, ATALANTA Francisco Fernandes da CONCEIÇÃO, PORTO Yan Bueno COUTO, MANCHESTER CITY Mohammed DARAMY, AJAX Amar DEDIC, RB SALZBURG Amad Traoré DIALLO, MANCHESTER UNITED Manuel Jadon da Silva DIEGO MOREIRA, BENFICA
Jérémy DOKU, STADE RENNES Radu Matei DRAGUSIN, JUVENTUS Hugo EKITIKE, STADE REIMS Anthony David Junior ELANGA, MANCHESTER UNITED Harvey Daniel James Scott ELLIOTT, LIVERPOOL
Sebastiano ESPOSITO, INTER Maxime ESTÈVE, MONTPELLIER HÉRAULT Leandro Freitas FÁBIO CARVALHO, LIVERPOOL
Daniel FÁBIO SILVA, WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Anssumane Vieira FATI, BARCELONA Pablo Martín Páez Gavira GAVI, BARCELONA Joseph Paul GELHARDT, LEEDS UNITED Degnand Wilfried GNONTO, ZURICH Ryan Jiro GRAVENBERCH, BAYERN Malo GUSTO, OLYMPIQUE LYON Josko GVARDIOL, RB LIPSIA Pereira HENRIQUE ARAÚJO, BENFICA Aaron Buchanan HICKEY, BOLOGNA Piero Martín Reyna HINCAPIÉ, BAYER LEVERKUSEN Adam HLOZEK, BAYER LEVERKUSEN Ki-Jana Delano HOEVER, WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS Kourouma ILAIX MORIBA, RB LIPSIA Augusto Mendes Mango JOELSON FERNANDES, BASEL Ísak Bergmann JÓHANNESSON, COPENHAGEN Nemanja JOVIC, PARTIZAN BELGRADE Arnaud Muinga KALIMUENDO, PARIS SG Jakub KAMINSKI, WOLFSBURG Ansgar KNAUFF, EINTRACHT FRANKFURT Kacper KOZLOWSKI, BRIGHTON
Isaac LIHADJI, LILLA Castello Junior LUKEBA, OLYMPIQUE LYON Chukwunonso Tristan MADUEKE, PSV EINDHOVEN Eliot MATAZO, AS MONACO Nathanaël MBUKU, STADE REIMS Fabio MIRETTI, JUVENTUS Raúl Prescoli MORO, LAZIO Youssoufa MOUKOKO, BORUSSIA DORTMUND Yunus Dimoara MUSAH, VALENCIA Jamal MUSIALA, BAYERN Cher NDOUR, BENFICA Luca NETZ, BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH Tanguy-Austin Kouassi NIANZOU, BAYERN Nicolás Iglesias NICO GONZÁLEZ, BARCELONA Nicholas NICO WILLIAMS, ATHLETIC BILBAO Tavares NUNO MENDES, PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN Becir OMERAGIC, ZURICH Simone PAFUNDI, UDINESE Matías Damián PALACIOS, BASEL Guilherme Gonçalves PAULO BERNARDO, BENFICA Pedro González López PEDRI, BARCELONA Yéremi Jesús Santos PINO, VILLARREAL Devyne Fabian Jairo RENSCH, AJAX Giovanni Alejandro REYNA, BORUSSIA DORTMUND Fabian RIEDER, YOUNG BOYS Duarte RODRIGO RIBEIRO, SPORTING LISBON Luka Bezzana ROMERO, LAZIO Georginio RUTTER, HOFFENHEIM Lazar Vujadin SAMARDZIC, UDINESE Cisse SANDRA, CLUB BRUGGE Pape Matar SARR, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Joseph SCALLY, BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH Giorgio SCALVINI, ATALANTA Benjamin SESKO, RED BULL SALZBURG Beanou-Junior Deflorent SOPPY, UDINESE Matías Malvano SOULÉ, JUVENTUS
Filip STEVANOVIC, HEERENVEEN Luka SUCIC, RED BULL SALZBURG Kamaldeen SULEMANA, STADE RENNES Tomás SUSLOV, GRONINGEN Jan Uwe THIELMANN, COLOGNE Barreiros de Melo TIAGO TOMÁS, STUTTGART
Malik Leon TILLMAN, BAYERN Iyenoma Destiny UDOGIE, UDINESE Maarten VANDEVOORDT, RACING GENK Aster Jan VRANCKS, WOLFSBURG Sepe Elye WAHI, MONTPELLIER HÉRAULT Illya Borysovych ZABARNYJ, DYNAMO KIEV Nicola ZALEWSKI, ROMA

The rules are simple. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European top division, with most past winners coming from the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A or Ligue 1.

The award names the player who the jury believes is the brightest young talent in world football.

The winner of the award is determined by a vote. Each voter will allocate 10 points to the player they deem most impressive, with 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth. 

Voters will be sports journalists from a host of Europe’s most well-respected newspapers, including Bild (Germany), l’Equipe (France) and Marca (Spain).

Previous Winners

Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero are some of the players who won the award as youngsters and went on to become global stars.

Year Name. Country
2003 Rafael van der vaart Netherlands
2004 Wayne Rooney England
2005 Lionel Messi Argentina
2006 Cesc Fabregas Spain
2007 Sergio Aguero Argentina
2008 Anderson Brazil
2009 Alexandre Pato Brazil
2010 Mario Balotelli Italy
2011 Mario Gotze Germany
2012 Isco Spain
2013 Paul Pogba France
2014 Raheem Sterling England
2015 Anthony Martial France
2016 Renato Sanches Portugal
2017 Kylian Mbappe France
2018 Matthijs de Ligt Netherlands
2019 Joao Felix Portugal
2020 Erling Haaland Norway
2021 Pedri Spain

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