Register Login Scores

World News

Final 20 Golden Boy Nominees Announced

FC Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati could become the first African-born player to win the Golden Boy award after he was named among the 20 finalists on Tuesday, but he will face stiff competition for the title, with two Real Madrid starlets also among the nominees.

Read: Buffon Names Two Future Ballon d'Or Winners

The Golden Boy award is bestowed upon the best U21 footballer playing in the top tier of a European league by Italian publication Tuttosport in conjunction with a number of the continent's leading news outlets.

The final 20 nominees were announced on Tuesday and, bizarrely, the list includes Fati among the nominees despite the Guinea-Bissau-born forward not featuring in any of the previous voting stages for the award.

Nonetheless, Fati, who recently pledged his allegiance to Spain, would become the first African-born player to claim the Golden Boy title if he wins it this year.

The 16-year-old Barca prodigy is up against reigning Golden Boy Matthijs de Ligt, who is strongly tipped to retain his title, as well as the likes of Joao Felix, Kai Havertz and Phil Foden.

Los Blancos duo Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes are also on the shortlist.

You can view the full list of nominees below:

Former Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart was the first player to win the award, which has since been claimed by the likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Raheem Sterling.

Ronaldo Extends Incredible International Record

The winner of the accolade will come from the 20 finalists who have been nominated, and you can vote for your favourite by casting your ballot on Tuttosport's official website.

Who do you think deserves to win the 2019 Golden Boy award? Let us have your thoughts by commenting in the section below.

nextarticle

10 Footballers Who Played Other Sports

comments

Top 5

UEFA Announce 2019 Team Of The Year, Salah Snubbed

13 Jan 15, 2020 02:46 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Highlands Set Record Straight On Rulani Talk!

35 Jan 24, 2020 01:52 PM in PSL

The 10 Richest Clubs In The World Revealed

17 Jan 14, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Gallery: Sundowns' Preparations In Angola

12 Jan 24, 2020 12:17 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Eight Deals At Chiefs? - Talks Open Up At Naturena

103 Jan 21, 2020 02:25 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Pirates To Pounce On International Striker?  

46 Jan 20, 2020 12:15 PM in Orlando Pirates

Bold New R4m Bentley For Bafana Star

4 Jan 24, 2020 11:00 AM in Show Me The Money

How Downs Were Second Best In Musona Race

40 Jan 20, 2020 07:59 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Confirmed: Ekstein Finds New Club Abroad

19 Jan 21, 2020 08:53 PM in Players Abroad

Motupa Breaks Silence On Downs Interest

70 Jan 23, 2020 03:38 PM in PSL

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Amakhosi Star Opens Up On Chiefs Award

2 Jan 24, 2020 10:01 AM in Kaizer Chiefs