Tuttosport have released their 100-player shortlist for the 2022 Golden Boy award, with ten Premier League starlets among the talents to be recognised.
The award rewards the best player under 21 in a calendar year and has been won by several legends of the modern game.
Current holder Pedri is up for the award again, while Barcelona teammates Nico and Gavi are also shortlisted. Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, Bayern Munich star Jamal Musiala and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham are also in the group of nominees.
From the Premier League, Harvey Elliott and Adam Diallo are included, as are Fabio Silva, Ki-Jana Hoever, Pape Matar Sarr, Yan Couto, Kacper Kozlowski and Joe Gelhardt.
Starting in 2003, Tuttosport have displayed a decent eye for talent with their Golden Boy picks. Rafa van der Vaart was their inaugural pick and all was rosy in the following years as they pluged for Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero.
They hit a bit of a rut when they dished out awards to Anderson, Alexandre Pato and Mario Balotelli – all of whom have endured disappointing careers – before Isco brought a little more prestige back to the prize,
Thanks to wins from Wayne Rooney, Anderson and Anthony Martial, Manchester United currently boast the most winners of the Golden Boy award with three.
Straggling behind in second are the likes of Juventus, Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Monaco and Benfica, all of whom have
The winner of the Golden Boy award is determined by votes from journalists representing different newspaper and media outlets. Each voter gives ten points to the player they deem the most impressive, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth.
The initial 100-player shortlist has been released and it will be cut to 80, 60 and 40 before a final slate of 20 players is announced.
Votes will be collated and the results revealed at an award ceremony that usually takes place in November.