The Final Top 20 For The 2019 Golden Boy Has Been Revealed
The final 20 list of nominees for the 2019 Golden Boy award have been revealed.
The prestigious award, ran by Italian outlet Tuttosport, is given to the leading under 21 talent in a top European league and the latest batch of names includes several of the most exciting youngsters in world football.
Matthias de Ligt is aiming to retain the award after claiming it in 2018 but he faces stern competition from Portugal hot-shot Joao Felix, Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior and England trio Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and Phil Foden.
Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland, who has scored 19 goals already this season, is also in the running along with Everton's Moise Kean, Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz, Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi, Barcelona's Ansu Fati, Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo and AC Milan.
Somehow they managed to sneak Ansu Fati who has played less than 200 minutes of top flight football and also Foden you has less than that too this season, into the Golden boy awards shortlist and remove Samuel Chukwueze...Can i get an explanation please- Football Scribblers (@FootyScribblers) October 15, 2019
Really happy to see Guendouzi has made the 20-man shortlist for the Golden Boy 2019 Award.- Adam P (@ThreeFiveWho) October 15, 2019
My personal top four would be Joao Felix, de Ligt, Sancho, and Havertz, and would be very surprised if the Atletico forward didn't win the award.
Nice to see a nod to Male from PSV too
Here is the list in full:
Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus, Holland)
Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Canada)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan, Italy)
Ansu Fati (Barcelona, Spain)
Phil Foden (Man City, England)
Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal, France)
Erling Haaland (RB Salzburg, Norway)
Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid, Portugal)
Dejan Joveljic (Eintracht Frankfurt, Serbia)
Moise Kean (Everton, Italy)
Kang-in Lee (Valencia, South Korea)
Andrij Oleksiyovych (Valladolid, Ukraine)
Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Mason Mount (Chelsea, England)
Rodrygo (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, England)
Ferran Torres (Valencia, Spain)
Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid, Brazil)
Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma, Italy)
A star-studded list of past winners includes Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas Rafael van der Vaart, Anderson, Alexandre Pato, Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Isco, Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling, Renato Sanches and Kylian Mbappe.
Who do you think you pick up this year's prize?
Sound off in the comments.