Golden Boy Award

Rafael van der Vaart, The Netherlands legend became the first ever winner of the Golden Boy award.

Rafael van der Vaart, The Netherlands legend became the first ever winner of the Golden Boy award.

The Golden Boy award, first established by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport in 2003, is an annual award that crowns Europe’s best young footballer of the year.

All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European top division. Often the biggest football talents are also called 'Wonderkids'.

Traditionally, a player can only win the award once, so once Golden Boy status has been achieved, the award ensures attention can move to other young players who deserve to be highlighted.

The winner of the award is determined by a vote. Each voter will allocate 10 points to the player they deem most impressive, with 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth.

Voters are sports journalists from a host of Europe’s most well-respected newspapers, including Bild (Germany), l’Equipe (France) and Marca (Spain).

The Golden Boy award, first established by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport in 2003, is an annual award that crowns Europe’s best young footballer of the year.

All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European top division. Often the biggest football talents are also called 'Wonderkids'.

Traditionally, a player can only win the award once, so once Golden Boy status has been achieved, the award ensures attention can move to other young players who deserve to be highlighted.

The winner of the award is determined by a vote. Each voter will allocate 10 points to the player they deem most impressive, with 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth.

Voters are sports journalists from a host of Europe’s most well-respected newspapers, including Bild (Germany), l’Equipe (France) and Marca (Spain).

List of Golden Boy Award winners

Year Player Team Birthday
2021 Pedri
Barcelona
2002-11-25
2020 Erling Haaland
Borussia Dortmund
2000-07-21
2019 João Félix
Benfica
,
Atletico de Madrid
1999-11-10
2018 Matthijs de Ligt
Ajax
1999-08-12
2017 Kylian Mbappé
Monaco
,
Paris Saint-Germain
1998-12-20
2016 Renato Sanches
Benfica
,
FC Bayern Munchen
1997-08-18
2015 Anthony Martial
Monaco
,
Manchester City
1995-12-05
2014 Raheem Sterling
Liverpool FC
1994-12-08
2013 Paul Pogba
Juventus
1993-03-15
2012 Isco
Malaga
1992-04-21
2011 Mario Götze
Borussia Dortmund
1992-06-03
2010 Mario Balotelli
Inter Milan
,
Manchester City
1990-08-12
2009 Alexandre Pato
A.C. Milan
1989-09-02
2008 Felipe Anderson
Manchester City
1993-04-15
2007 Sergio Agüero
Real Madrid
1988-06-02
2006 Cesc Fàbregas
Arsenal FC
1987-05-04
2005 Lionel Messi
Barcelona
1987-06-24
2004 Wayne Rooney
Everton FC
,
Manchester City
1985-10-24
2003 Rafael van der Vaart
Ajax
1983-02-11

Goldenboy Award winners by nationality

Country Win(s) Year(s)
France
France
3 2017, 2015, 2013
Spain
Spain
3 2021, 2012, 2006
Argentina
Argentina
2 2007, 2005
Brazil
Brazil
2 2009, 2008
England
England
2 2014, 2004
Netherlands
Netherlands
2 2018, 2003
Portugal
Portugal
2 2019, 2016
Germany
Germany
1 2011
Italy
Italy
1 2010
Norway
Norway
1 2020

Goldenboy Award winners by club

Country Win(s) Year(s)
2 2018, 2003
2 2021, 2005
2 2019, 2016
2 2020, 2011
2 2017, 2015
1 2006
1 2004
1 2010
1 2013
1 2014
1 2012
1 2008
1 2009
1 2007