The first winner of the Golden Boy was Rafael Van der Vaart and other “young people of the year” have been Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fábregas, Isco Alarcón or Kylian Mbappé
The French Eduardo Camavinga, of Real Madrid, and the Spanish Pedro Gonzalez López “Pedri” and Éric García, from Barcelona, are among the forty finalists for the award Golden boy to the best U21 player of the year, after the last cut made this Thursday.
The Turin newspaper “Tuttosport“, who has been granting this award since 2003, cut from 60 to 40 the list of young talents who aspire to succeed the Norwegian Erling Haaland, winner of the 2020 edition.
Camavinga is the only player of the Madrid that remains on the list, after the exclusions of the Brazilian Rodrygo Goes and from spanish Miguel Gutierrez, and next to the French are the Spanish Ander Barrenetexea, of the Royal Society, and Yéremy Pino, from Villarreal.
Pedri, an 18-year-old midfielder from Tenerife, is the main favorite after a brilliant season spent at the Barcelona and with the Spanish team, with which he was a semifinalist in the last Eurocup. He was also part of the Spanish Olympic team that won silver in Tokyo.
Some of its main competitors are the English Bukayo Saka, from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, and Jude Bellingham, from Borussia Dortmund, and the also German midfielder Jamal Musiala, from Bayern Munich.
The first winner of the Golden Boy was the Dutch Rafael Van der Vaart and other “young people of the year” have been the English Wayne Rooney, the Argentine Lionel Messi, the Spanish Cesc Fabregas and Isco Alarcón or the French Kylian Mbappé.
Fans can vote for their favorite on the “Tuttosport“on a list that this Thursday was reduced from sixty to forty and that will continue to be cut until there are only twenty left in October.
Between them, the winner will be decided, as usual, based on the votes of 40 journalists from the main