The Golden Boy is here! Each year reporters from the biggest newspapers select the best young player in Europe. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and must play in one of Europe’s top tier leagues. They recently published the final shortlist and we wanted to share this with you.
Golden Boy award
The Golden Boy is a creation of Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003. Now, 15 years later many big newspapers from all over Europe participate in the voting. So, these days Bild (Germany), Mundo Deportivo (Spain), France Football (France) and de Telegraaf (Holland) all have a vote.
Every newspaper puts a journalist forward in the voting as a juror. They can all nominate five players, who they will give points. 10 for the player that he perceives as the most impressive, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 point for fifth.
The first winner of the Golden Boy Award was Ajax midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. Later the former Real Madrid and Tottenham midfielder was followed by some of football’s biggest names. Other winners were Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba, Renato Sanches and Kylian Mbappe.
Contenders for the Golden Boy 2018 award
A total of 100 players were on the original Golden Boy list and it has now been reduced to a 40 player shortlist. Biggest contender for the 2018 award is obviously Kylian Mbappe. The young French winger had a remarkable first season for Paris Saint-Germain. And above all he won the World Cup with France, collecting the Young Player of the Tournament award.
Other well-known players on this years’ Golden Boy list are Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Justin Kluivert (AS Roma), Mathijs de Ligt (Ajax) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).
Football Manager 2019
With the new Football Manager on its way, the Golden Boy list could help you when starting a new career. Wonderkids lists are waiting for the full release and this list could give you a head start. Therefore we decided to give you this list already.
You can also use the Golden Boy list for Football Manager 2018, especially if you use our Transfer Update. Our update has updated leagues and all summer transfers. It makes sure your copy of Football Manager is always up to date!
|Achraf Hakimi||Borussia Dortmund||MOR||Right full-back|
|Amadou Haidara||RB Salzburg||MAL||Midfielder centre|
|Boubacar Kamara||Olympique Marseille||FRA||Centre-back|
|Christian Pulisic||Borussia Dortmund||USA||Att. midfielder|
|Dani Olmo||Dinamo Zagreb||ESP||Left winger|
|Dayot Upamecano||RB Leipzig||FRA||Centre-back|
|Dejan Joveljic||Red Star||SER||Striker|
|Diogo Dalot||Manchester United||POR||Right full-back|
|Eder Militao||FC Porto||BRA||Centre-back|
|Evander||FC Midtjylland||BRA||Att. midfielder|
|Houssem Aouar||Olympique Lyon||FRA||Midfielder centre|
|Ismaila Sarr||Stade Rennes||SEN||Left winger|
|Joao Felix||Benfica||POR||Att. midfielder|
|Josip Brekalo||Wolfsburg||CRO||Left winger|
|Jovane Cabral||Sporting||CAP||Right winger|
|Jules Keita||Dijon||GUI||Left winger|
|Justin Kluivert||AS Roma||NED||Left winger|
|Kelvin Adou Amian||Toulouse||FRA||Right full-back|
|Kylian Mbappe||Paris Saint-Germain||FRA||Right winger|
|Manu Garcia||Toulouse||ESP||Att. midfielder|
|Marcelo Saracchi||RB Leipzig||URU||Left full-back|
|Matthijs de Ligt||Ajax||NED||Centre-back|
|Moussa Diaby||Paris Saint-Germain||FRA||Right winger|
|Moussa Djenepo||Standard Liege||MAL||Left winger|
|Moussa Wague||FC Barcelona||SEN||Right winger|
|Nicolò Zaniolo||AS Roma||ITA||Att. midfielder|
|Patrick Cutrone||AC Milan||ITA||Striker|
|Phil Foden||Manchester City||ENG||Midfielder centre|
|Pietro Pellegri||AS Monaco||ITA||Striker|
|Ritsu Doan||FC Groningen||JAP||Att. midfielder|
|Timothy Weah||Paris Saint-Germain||USA||Striker|
|Tom Davies||Everton||ENG||Midfielder centre|
|Trent Alexander Arnold||Liverpool||ENG||Right full-back|
|Vinicius Junior||Real Madrid||BRA||Left winger|