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The Past 15 Golden Boy Award Winners

With teenage stars Jadon Sancho, Matthijs de Ligt and Vinicius Junior taking the world by storm this season, here are the past 15 winners of the Golden Boy award, including Paul Pogba and Lionel Messi, while no Real Madrid player has claimed the title.
 
Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see every single Golden Boy award winner since the award's inception.

The prestigious accolade, which has been handed out since 2003, is given to the best player under the age of 21 in Europe's top five leagues, and is decided by 30 journalists from 20 well-known sport publications, including Marca, L'Equipe and Bild.

Each journalist has five votes, giving their favourite 10 points, second place seven, third place five, fourth place three and fifth place just one point. All points are then added up to calculate the winner, who, for this year's edition, must be born after 1 January 1998.

The award has been dominated by midfield superstars over the years, with eight midfielders being handed the title as opposed to seven forwards and one defender.

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In terms of clubs, Manchester United are responsible for the most Golden Boy winners, with record club goalscorer Wayne Rooney, Anderson and Anthony Martial being bestowed with the prestige while at the Red Devils, while 2018 FIFA World Cup winners France is the country with the most winners (three).

Former Los Blancos superstar Rafael van der Vaart was the first player to be voted the Golden Boy in 2003 while at Ajax Amsterdam. Messi, who is the record goalscorer for both his club and his country, won it two years later in 2005, the same year he made his international debut for Argentina.

Pogba, meanwhile, received the award in 2013, when he was still a Juventus player – click through the gallery above to see all the winners of the Golden Boy award since 2003!

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Who is your favourite player in the gallery? Which of these Golden Boy winners do you think has enjoyed the most successful career? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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