Golden Boy (award)

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Golden Boy Award
FC RB Salzburg versus SV Mattersburg (4. Juli 2019) 29.jpg
Erling Haaland won the award in 2020
SportAssociation football
CountryItaly
Presented byTuttosport
History
First award2003
Editions18
First winnerNetherlands Rafael van der Vaart
Most recentNorway Erling Haaland
Websitetuttosport.com

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.

Selection[edit]

The prize was established by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport in 2003. Newspapers that now participate in voting include Bild (Germany), Blick (Switzerland), A Bola (Portugal), l'Équipe (France), France Football (France), Marca (Spain), Mundo Deportivo (Spain), Ta Nea (Greece), Sport Express (Russia), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), and The Times (United Kingdom). 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.[citation needed]

Winners[edit]

Rafael van der Vaart, the inaugural award winner.
Year Winner Club(s) Position Birth year Ref(s)
2003 Netherlands Rafael van der Vaart Netherlands Ajax Midfielder 1983 [1]
2004 England Wayne Rooney England Everton
England Manchester United
Forward 1985 [1]
2005 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona Forward 1987 [1]
2006 Spain Cesc Fàbregas England Arsenal Midfielder 1987 [1]
2007 Argentina Sergio Agüero Spain Atlético Madrid Forward 1988 [1]
2008 Brazil Anderson England Manchester United Midfielder 1988 [2]
2009 Brazil Alexandre Pato Italy Milan Forward 1989 [3]
2010 Italy Mario Balotelli Italy Inter Milan
England Manchester City
Forward 1990 [4]
2011 Germany Mario Götze Germany Borussia Dortmund Midfielder 1992 [5]
2012 Spain Isco Spain Málaga Midfielder 1992 [6]
2013 France Paul Pogba Italy Juventus Midfielder 1993 [7]
2014 England Raheem Sterling England Liverpool Forward 1994 [8]
2015 France Anthony Martial Monaco Monaco
England Manchester United
Forward 1995 [9]
2016 Portugal Renato Sanches Portugal Benfica
Germany Bayern Munich
Midfielder 1997 [10]
2017 France Kylian Mbappé Monaco Monaco
France Paris Saint-Germain
Forward 1998 [11]
2018 Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt Netherlands Ajax Defender 1999 [12]
2019 Portugal João Félix Portugal Benfica
Spain Atlético Madrid
Forward 1999 [13]
2020 Norway Erling Haaland Germany Borussia Dortmund Forward 2000 [14]

Awards won by position[edit]

As of 21 November 2020
Position Win(s)
Forward 10
Midfielder 7
Defender 1

Awards won by nationality[edit]

As of 21 November 2020
Country Win(s) Year(s)
France France 3 2013, 2015, 2017
Netherlands Netherlands 2 2003, 2018
England England 2004, 2014
Argentina Argentina 2005, 2007
Spain Spain 2006, 2012
Brazil Brazil 2008, 2009
Portugal Portugal 2016, 2019
Italy Italy 1 2010
Germany Germany 2011
Norway Norway 2020

Awards won by club[edit]

As of 21 November 2020

Year in bold have shared the win with other clubs.

Club Win(s) Year(s)
England Manchester United 3 2004,[A] 2008, 2015[B]
Netherlands Ajax 2 2003, 2018
Spain Atlético Madrid 2007, 2019[C]
Germany Borussia Dortmund 2011, 2020
France Monaco 2015,[D] 2017[E]
Portugal Benfica 2016[F], 2019[G]
England Everton 1 2004[D]
Spain Barcelona 2005
England Arsenal 2006
Italy Milan 2009
England Manchester City 2010[H]
Italy Inter Milan 2010[I]
Spain Málaga 2012
Italy Juventus 2013
England Liverpool 2014
Germany Bayern Munich 2016[C]
France Paris Saint-Germain 2017[B]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shared with Everton.
  2. ^ a b Shared with Monaco.
  3. ^ a b Shared with Benfica.
  4. ^ a b Shared with Manchester United.
  5. ^ Shared with Paris Saint-Germain.
  6. ^ Shared with Bayern Munich.
  7. ^ Shared with Atlético Madrid.
  8. ^ Shared with Inter Milan.
  9. ^ Shared with Manchester City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Golden Boy: l'Albo d'Oro". tuttosport.com. 6 December 2008. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  2. ^ "È Anderson il Golden Boy 2008 di Tuttosport". tuttosport.com. 6 December 2008. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Pato vince il Golden Boy 2009: "Magari emulare Messi..."". tuttosport.com. 13 December 2009. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Balotelli, Golden Boy 2010: "Un giorno sarò del Milan"". tuttosport.com. 21 December 2010. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. 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. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Pogba wins the 2013 Golden Boy award". tuttosport.com. 4 December 2013. Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Raheem Sterling named Europe's Golden Boy after excellent year at Liverpool FC". Liverpool Echo. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Anthony Martial élu Golden Boy 2015". L'Équipe (in French). 19 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Renato Sanches è il Golden Boy 2016 di Tuttosport" [Renato Sanches is Tuttosport's Golden Boy 2016] (in Italian). Tuttosport. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Golden Boy, "Le Roi" Mbappé: è il vincitore del 2017" [Mbappé wins Tuttosport's Golden Boy 2017 award] (in Italian). Tuttosport. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  12. ^ "De Ligt wins 2018 Golden Boy". Football Italia. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Il profilo del Golden Boy João Félix: il predestinato". Tuttosport. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Golden Boy 2020: Haaland'oro! E Fati trionfa sul web". Tuttosport. 21 November 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.