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CONFIRMED : Nominees for Golden Boy 2022 announced

CONFIRMED : Nominees for Golden Boy 2022 announced

CONFIRMED : Nominees for Golden Boy 2022 announced

The preliminary shortlist of 100 young players for the Golden Boy award in 2022 has been released, with ten Premier League stars among the nominees.

The award honors the finest player under the age of 21 in a calendar year and has been won by various modern-day luminaries.

Pedri, the current winner, is up for the prize again, and Barcelona teammates Nico and Gavi have also been nominated. Eduardo Camavinga of Real Madrid, Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich, and Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund are among the nominees.

Harvey Elliott and Adam Diallo, as well as Fabio Silva, Ki-Jana Hoever, Pape Matar Sarr, Yan Couto, Kacper Kozlowski, and Joe Gelhardt, are all Premier League players.

List of Confirmed nominees

Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund)
Felix Afena-Gyan (Roma)
Lucien Agoume (Inter)
Anouar Ait El Hadj (Anderlecht)
Janis Antiste (Spezia)
Alejandro Balde (Barcelona)
Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
Stipe Biuk (HNK Hajduk Split)
Edoardo Bove (Roma)
Jayden Braaf (Borussia Dortmund)
Brian Brobbey (Ajax)
Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
Rayan Cherki (Lyon)
Mohamed-Ali Cho (Angers)
Francisco Conceicao (Porto)
Yan Couto (Manchester City)
Mohamed Daramy (Ajax)
Amar Dedic (Red Bull Salzburg)
Amad Diallo (Manchester United)
Diego Moreira (Benfica)
Jeremy Doku (Rennes)
Radu Dragusin (Juventus)
Hugo Ekitike (Reims)
Anthony Elanga (Manchester United)
Harvey Elliott (Liverpool)
Sebastiano Esposito (Inter)
Maxime Esteve (Montpellier)
Fabio Carvalho (Liverpool)
Fabio Silva (Wolves)
Ansu Fati (Barcelona)
Gavi (Barcelona)
Joe Gelhardt (Leeds)
Wilfried Gnonto (Zurich)
Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern Munich)
Malo Gusto (Lyon)
Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)
Henrique Araujo (Benfica)
Aaron Hickey (Bologna)
Piero Hincapie (Bayer Leverkusen)
Adam Hlozek (Bayer Leverkusen)
Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolves)
Ilaix Moriba (RB Leipzig)
Joelson Fernandes (Sporting CP)
Isak Bergmann Johannesson (Copenhagen)
Nemanja Jovic (Partizan Belgrade)
Arnaud Kalimuendo (Paris Saint-Germain)
Jakub Kaminski (Wolfsburg)
Ansgar Knauff (Borussia Dortmund)
Kacper Kozlowski (Brighton)
Isaac Lihadji (Lille)
Castello Lukeba (Lyon)
Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven)
Eliot Matazo (Monaco)
Nathanael Mbuku (Reims)
Fabio Miretti (Juventus)
Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund)
Yunus Musah (Valencia)
Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
Cher Ndour (Benfica)
Luca Netz (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Tanguy Nianzou (Bayern Munich)
Nico (Barcelona)
Nico Williams (Athletic Club)
Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain)
Becir Omeragic (Zurich)
Simone Pafundi (Udinese)
Matias Palacios (Basel)
Paulo Bernardo (Benfica)
Pedri (Barcelona)
Yeremi Pino (Villarreal)
Devyne Rensch (Ajax)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Fabian Rieder (Young Boys)
Rodrigo Ribeiro (Sporting CP)
Luka Romero (Lazio)
Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)
Lazar Samardzic (Udinese)
Cisse Sandra (Club Brugge)
Pape Matar Sarr (Tottenham)
Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta)
Benjamin Sesko (Reb Bull Salzburg)
Brandon Soppy (Udinese)
Matias Soule (Juventus)
Filip Stevanovic (Manchester City)
Luka Sucic (Red Bull Salzburg)
Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes)
Tomas Suslov (Groningen)
Jan Thielmann (Koln)
Tiago Tomas (Sporting CP)
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich)
Destiny Udogie (Hellas Verona)
Maarten Vandevoordt (Genk)
Aster Vranckx (Wolfsburg)
Elye Wahi (Montpellier)
Illya Zabarnyi (Dynamo Kyiv)
Nicola Zalewski (Roma)

What was the winner of the Golden Boy award?
Tuttosport has had a decent eye for talent with their Golden Boy picks since 2003. Rafa van der Vaart was their first choice, and the future looked bright as they went on to sign Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, and Sergio Aguero.

They got into a rut when they gave trophies to Anderson, Alexandre Pato, and Mario Balotelli – all of whom had unsuccessful careers – before Isco restored some prestige to the trophy.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2003 – Rafael van der Vaart (Ajax)
2004 – Wayne Rooney (Everton/Manchester United)
2005 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2006 – Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
2007 – Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid)
2008 – Anderson (Manchester United)
2009 – Alexandre Pato (AC Milan)
2010 – Mario Balotelli (Inter/Manchester City)
2011 – Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund)
2012 – Isco (Malaga)
2013 – Paul Pogba (Juventus)
2014 – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
2015 – Anthony Martial (Monaco/Manchester United)
2016 – Renato Sanches (Benfica/Bayern Munich)
2017 – Kylian Mbappe (Monaco/Paris Saint-Germain)
2018 – Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)
2019 – Joao Felix (Benfica/Atletico Madrid)
2020 – Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
2021 – Pedri (Barcelona)

Manchester United presently has the most Golden Boy award winners with three, thanks to wins from Wayne Rooney, Anderson, and Anthony Martial.

Juve, Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Monaco, and Benfica are among the teams battling for second place.

The winner of the Golden Boy award is chosen by a panel of journalists from various newspapers and media sources. Each voter awards ten points to the player who they believe is the most impressive, seven points to the second-place finisher, five points to the third-place finisher, three points to the fourth-place finisher, and one point to the fifth-place finisher.

The initial 100-player shortlist has been disclosed, and it will be whittled down to 80, 60, and 40 players before a final slate of 20 is revealed.

The votes will be tallied, and the results will be announced at an award ceremony in November.

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