Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is set to make history as he could win the Golden Boy award for the second straight year after being listed among the final 20 nominees for this year’s award.
The defender won last year’s award for his performances at Ajax, and has continued with the impressive form in Italy.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi, Everton’s Moise Kean, and Manchester City’ Phil Foden have made the cut as the organizer reduces the list of the top young talents in the beautiful game.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho also makes the list following his impressive form for his club. Also, Joao Felix is in the running after an excellent start at Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona have one representative in Jean-Clair Todibo, while Real Madrid have two with promising forwards Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.
Red Bull Salzburg’s Amadou Haidara and Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi were the only African players in the final 20-man shortlist for the Award.
The Golden Boy Award is an award presented by Sports Journalists to young footballers who have shown excellent form in a calendar year. The players must play for one of Europe’s top tier and be less than 21 years.
The Italian Sports Newspaper Tuttosport established the Award in 2003. The Award has since grown to include other newspapers such as Blick (Switzerland), A Bola (Portugal), l’Équipe (France), Bild (Germany), France Football (France), Mundo Deportivo (Spain), Marca (Spain), Ta Nea (Greece), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), Sport Express (Russia), and The Times (United Kingdom).
Each juror is permitted to nominate five players, and the juror will allocate 10 points to the player that they pick as the most impressive, 7 for the second, five third, three fourth, and 1 point for fifth-most impressive.
Golden Boy award 2019 shortlist:
· Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)
· Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
· Phil Foden (Manchester City)
· Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)
· Erling Braut Haaland (Salzburg)
· Dejan Joveljic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
· Moise Kean (Everton)
· Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)
· Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
· Lee Kang-in (Valencia)
· Donyell Malen (PSV)
· Mason Mount (Chelsea)
· Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
· Ansu Fati (Barcelona)
· Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
· Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma)
· Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid)
· Rodrygo (Real Madrid)
· Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
· Ferran Torres (Valencia)