Golden Boy Award shortlist revealed: First consecutive winner pending?

17.10.2019.  

The shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boy award has been revealed featuring 20 of world's top players under the age of 21. The prestigious individual prize was established by the Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport in 2003 and its journalists have since been joined by others across from Europe in deciding who will get the trophy. This year's favourite has to be the man who won it last year already - Matthijs de Ligt.


The Dutch centre-back is not only the first defender who has won the award, but he may also very well be the first player to defend his trophy. Former Ajax man captained his side to a memorable Champions League semi-final and won the domestic double before switching to Juventus.



De Ligt is the clear favourite, mostly as 2017 winner Kylian Mbappe isn't featured in the top 20 for some reason. The biggest competition to De Ligt will surely be Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz, and Joao Felix. The dark horses could be Erling Haaland, Vinicius Jr, and Matteo Guendozi. While others will most likely have to take pride in reaching the least at all, which isn't a small feat.


The award has a great track record and out of 16 choices, only a fed disappointed. Alexandre Pato, but only due to injuries that ransacked his career; Anderson, mostly due to his low commitment although he had his share of success; Mario Ballotelli, because it's always him; Renato Sanchez, although he still has time to turn it around.


Here are the 20 shortlisted young man nominated for the Golden Boy award.


Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus, Netherlands)
Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Canada)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan, Italy)
Ansu Fati (Barcelona, Spain)
Philip Foden (Manchester City, England)
Matteo Guendozi (Arsenal, France)
Erling Haland (RB Salzburg, Norway)
Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid, Portugal)
Dejan Joveljic (Eintracht Frankfurt, Serbia)
Moise Kean (Everton, Italy)
Kang-in Lee (Valencia, South Korea)
Andrij Oleksijovyc (Valladolid, Ukraine)
Danyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Mason Mount (Chelsea, England)
Rodrygo (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, England)
Ferran Torres (Valencia, Spain)
Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma, Italy)



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