Golden Boy (award)

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Golden Boy Award
Matthijs de Ligt 2018.jpg
Matthijs de Ligt won the award in 2018
SportAssociation football
CountryItaly
Presented byTuttosport
History
First award2003
Editions16
First winnerNetherlands Rafael van der Vaart
Most recentNetherlands Matthijs de Ligt
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.

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 Midfielder 1994 [8]
2015 France Anthony Martial France Monaco
England Manchester United
Forward 1995 [9]
2016 Portugal Renato Sanches Portugal Benfica
Germany Bayern Munich
Midfielder 1997 [10]
2017 France Kylian Mbappé France Monaco
France Paris Saint-Germain
Forward 1998 [11]
2018 Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt Netherlands Ajax Defender 1999 [12]

Awards won by position[edit]

As of 17 December 2018
Position Win(s)
Midfielder 8
Forward 7
Defender 1

Awards won by nationality[edit]

As of 17 December 2018
Country Win(s) Year(s)
 France 3 2013, 2015, 2017
 Netherlands 2 2003, 2018
 England 2004, 2014
 Argentina 2005, 2007
 Spain 2006, 2012
 Brazil 2008, 2009
 Italy 1 2010
 Germany 2011
 Portugal 2016

Awards won by club[edit]

As of 17 December 2018

Year in bold have shared the win with other clubs.

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

Notes[edit]

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

See also[edit]

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.