The Golden Boy is one of the most prestigious awards to be won for a young footballer.

There have been many winners of this prize who have gone on to become legends of the game in the future. For example, Lionel Messi won the award in 2005.

So who is up for the 2022 edition? GOAL brings you the nominees, how to vote and everything you need to know.{“type”:”fcplayer-semantic”,”data”:{“embedCode”:”//fcp.codes/embed-code-template/embed-code-template.js#SEMANTIC_5704afb8-c10b-4ba5-9cb4-d7fb6098ef90″}}What is the Golden Boy award?

The Golden Boy award is a recognition of the best young talent in Europe during a calendar year. A player must be under the age of 21 to be eligible for consideration and must play in a European top division club. The inaugural edition of the award was held in 2003. It is organised by the Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport.

The winner is determined by votes. Each voter will allocate 10 points to the player they deem most impressive, with seven for the second, five for the third, three for the fourth, and one for the fifth. Sports journalists from Europes biggest media houses get to cast their vote for this award. Golden Boy 2022 Nominees

Tuttosport initially released a list of 100 players who were shortlisted for the award and that list was reduced to 60 in August.

Player

Club

National Team

Karim Adeyemi

RB Salzburg

Nigeria

Jude Bellingham

Borussia Dortmund

England

Eduardo Camavinga

Real Madrid

France

Lucien Agoume

Inter

France

Alejandro Martinez Balde

Barcelona

Spain

Stipe Biuk

Hajduk Split

Croatia

Brian Brobbey

RB Leipzig

Netherlands

Matteo Cancellieri

Verona

Italy

Mohamed-Ali Cho

Angers

France

Francisco Conceicao

Ajax

Portugal

Diego Moreira

Benfica

Portugal

Hugo Ekitike

Stade Reims

France

Anthony Elanga

Manchester United

Sweden

Harvey Elliott

Liverpool

England

Sebastiano Esposito

Anderlecht

Italy

Fabio Carvalho

Liverpool

Portugal

Fabio Silva

Anderlecht

Portugal

Ansu Fati

Barcelona

Spain

Gavi

Barcelona

Spain

Degnand Gnonto

Zurich

Italy

Ryan Gravenberch

Bayern Munich

Netherlands

Josko Gvardiol

RB Leipzig

Croatia

Henrique Araujo

Benfica

Portugal

Aaron Hickey

Brentford

Scotland

Piero Hincapie

Bayer Leverkusen

Ecuador

Adam Hlozek

Bayer Leverkusen

Czech Republic

Ki-Jana Hoever

Wolves

Netherlands

Arnaud Kalimuendo

Rennes

France

Ansgar Knauff

Eintracht Frankfurt

Ghana

Castello Lukeba

Lyon

France

Chukwunonso Madueke

PSV

Nigeria

Eliot Matazo

AS Monaco

Belgium

Fabio Miretti

Juventus

Italy

Youssoufa Moukoko

Borussia Dortmund

Germany

Yunus Musah

Valencia

United States

Jamal Muisala

Bayern Munich

Nigeria

Nico Gonzalez

Valencia

Spain

Nico Williams

Athletic Club

Spain

Nuno Mendes

PSG

Portugal

Paulo Bernardo

Benfica

Portugal

Pedri

Barcelona

Spain

Yeremi Pino

Villarreal

Spain

Gio Reyna

Borussia Dortmund

United States

Pape Sarr

Tottenham

Senegal

Giorgio Scalvini

Atalanta

Italy

Benjamin Sesko

RB Salzburg

Slovenia

Matias Soule

Juventus

Italy

Jan Thielmann

FC Koln

Germany

Destiny Udogie

Udinese

Italy

Nicola Zalewski

Roma

Poland

Kenan Yildiz

Juventus

Germany

Mattia Viti

Nice

Italy

Mathys Tel

Bayern Munich

France

Reinier

Real Madrid

Brazil

Cole Palmer

Man City

England

Bjorn Meijer

Club Brugge

Netherlands

Alejandro Garnacho

Man Utd

Argentina

Karamoko Dembele

Brest

England

Carney Chukwuemeka

Chelsea

England

Kristjan Asllani

Inter

AlbaniaHow can I vote for Golden Boy 2022?

Fans can also cast their vote by clicking here. List of previous Golden Boy winners

Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Sergio Aguero are some of the prominent names to have won the Golden Boy award.

Forwards have predominantly won the award whereas Matthijs de Ligt became the first defender to win it in 2018.

France and Spain have produced the maximum winners with three each to their name, while Manchester United are the most successful club with three winners.

Year

Name

Country

2003Rafael van der Vaart

Netherlands

2004

Wayne Rooney

England

2005

Lionel Messi

Argentina

2006

Cesc Fabregas

Spain

2007

Sergio Aguero

Argentina

2008

Anderson

Brazil

2009

Alexandre Pato

Brazil

2010

Mario Balotelli

Italy

2011

Mario Gotze

Germany

2012

Isco

Spain

2013

Paul Pogba

France

2014

Raheem Sterling

England

2015

Anthony Martial

France

2016

Renato Sanches

Portugal

2017

Kylian Mbappe

France

2018

Matthijs de Ligt

Netherlands

2019

Joao Felix

Portugal

2020

Erling Haaland

Norway

2021

Pedri

Spain

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