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Golden Boy 2022: Nominees, how to vote, previous winners & everything you need to know

13:30 BST 14/10/2022
Eduardo Camavinga Pedri Jude Bellingham
Real Madrid's Eduardo Camavinga and Barcelona playmaker Pedri are among those up for the award

The Golden Boy is one of the most prestigious awards that can be bestowed upon a young footballer.

There are many past winners of the prize that have gone on to become legends of the game. For example, seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi claimed top prize back in 2005.

So who is up for the 2022 edition? GOAL brings you the nominees, how to vote and everything you need to know.

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 for a club in a top European division. 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 Europe's 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 20 in October.

Player

Club

National Team

Karim Adeyemi

RB Salzburg

Nigeria

Jude Bellingham

Borussia Dortmund

England

Eduardo Camavinga

Real Madrid

France

Fabio Carvalho

Liverpool

Portugal

Ansu Fati

Barcelona

Spain

Gavi

Barcelona

Spain

Degnand Gnonto

Zurich

Italy

Ryan Gravenberch

Bayern Munich

Netherlands

Josko Gvardiol

RB Leipzig

Croatia

Fabio Miretti

Juventus

Italy

Nico Gonzalez

Valencia

Spain

Jamal Musiala

Bayern Munich

Germany

Nuno Mendes

PSG

Portugal

Pedri

Barcelona

Spain

Giorgio Scalvini

Atalanta

Italy

Benjamin Sesko

RB Salzburg

Slovenia

Destiny Udogie

Udinese

Italy

Nicola Zalewski

Roma

Poland

Mathys Tel

Bayern Munich

France

Antonio Silva

Benfica

Portugal

How 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, with Matthijs de Ligt becoming the first defender to win it in 2018.

France and Spain each have three winners to their name, while Manchester United are the most successful club as three Golden Boys have graced their books.

Year

Name

Country

2003

Rafael 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