The Spanish Ferrán Torres and Ansu Fati, the Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes and the Dutch-American Sergiño Dest are among the candidates to receive the Golden Boy award for the best young player in European football.
Apart from the Spaniards who are active in Manchester City and Barcelona, respectively, the Brazilians from Real Madrid and the full-back recently joined by the Barça team, the list of applicants also offers another bunch of footballers of great international importance.
Among them stand out the Norwegian striker Erling Haland (Borussia Dortmund), the Canadian Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), the English Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) and Phil Foden (Manchester City), the French Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes) and even the Swede Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus).
The Turin newspaper ‘Tuttosport ‘, what grants the award for the best under-21 of the year, announced the twenty applicants that remain in the running and that they will try to succeed Portuguese Joao Félix, Atlético de Madrid forward, winner in 2019.
The award will be presented to the winner at a ceremony scheduled for December in Turin, in a manner compatible with the coronavirus pandemic.
The first winner was the Dutch Rafael van der Vaart, then at Ajax, in 2003. Since then, he has been won by footballers who later established themselves in the world elite: Wayne Rooney, Leo Messi, Cesc Fábregas, Sergio Agüero, Anderfson, Alexandre Pato, Mario Balotelli, Mario Gotze, Isco Alarcón, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial, Renato Sanches, Kylian Mbappe, Matthijs de Ligt and Joao Felix.
Dejan Kulusevski (SWE / Juventus), Sergiño Dest (USA / Barcelona), Dominik Szobosziai (HUN / Salzburg), Mitchel Bakker (NED / PSG), Eduardo Camavinga (FRA / Rennes), Jonathan Christian David (CAN / Lille), Alphonso Davies (CAN / Bayern Munich), Fabio Silva (POR / Wolverhampton), Ansu Fati (ESP / Barcelona), Phil Foden (ING / Manchester City), Ryan Jiro Vravenberch (NED / Ajax), Mason Greenwood (ING / Manchester United) , Erling Haland (NOR / Borussia Dortmund), Callum Hudson-Odoi (ING / Chelsea), Rodrygo Goes (BRA / Real Madrid), Bukayo Saka (ING / Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (ING / Borussia Dortmund), Sandro Tonali (ITA / Milan), Ferrán Torres (ESP / Manchester City) and Vinicius Jr (BRA / Real Madrid).