Golden Boy (award)

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The Golden Boy is an award that is given by sports journalists to a young football player from Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a season. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation's top tier.

Selection[edit]

The prize was established by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport in 2003. Newspapers that now participate include Bild, Blick, A Bola, l'Équipe, France Football, Marca, Mundo Deportivo, Ta Nea, Sport Express, De Telegraaf, and The Times. Each juror is allowed to nominate five players, the juror will allocate 10 points to the player that they perceive as the most impressive, 7 for second, 5 third, 3 fourth, and 1 point for fifth most impressive.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Native Country Club Source(s)
2003 Rafael van der Vaart  Netherlands Netherlands Ajax [1]
2004 Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United [1]
2005 Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona [1]
2006 Cesc Fàbregas  Spain England Arsenal [1]
2007 Sergio Agüero  Argentina Spain Atlético Madrid [1]
2008 Anderson  Brazil England Manchester United [2]
2009 Alexandre Pato  Brazil Italy Milan [3]
2010 Mario Balotelli  Italy England Manchester City [4]
2011 Mario Götze  Germany Germany Borussia Dortmund [5]
2012 Isco  Spain Spain Málaga [6]
2013 Paul Pogba  France Italy Juventus [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Golden Boy: l'Albo d'Oro". tuttosport.com. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "È Anderson il Golden Boy 2008 di Tuttosport". tuttosport.com. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pato vince il Golden Boy 2009: "Magari emulare Messi..."". tuttosport.com. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Balotelli, Golden Boy 2010: "Un giorno sarò del Milan"". tuttosport.com. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze lands 'Golden Boy' award for 2011". Goal.com. Dec 5, 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Isco wins the 2012 Golden Boy award". insidespanishfootball.com. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pogba wins the 2013 Golden Boy award". tuttosport.com. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.