Tuttosport has just released the Golden Boy winner. Pedri, a Barcelona player, became the winner. He was selected after showing an impressive performance.
The Golden Boy Award itself is one of the most prestigious awards for young footballers under the age of 21. Historically, most of the Golden Boy winners have played in top competitions, including the Premier League.
In the Premier League, there are several players who are known to have won the Golden Boy award. They are the brightest young players of their time.
Wayne Rooney (Everton/Manchester United) : Manchester United fans must be familiar with the figure of Wayne Rooney. He is a Manchester United legend who has defended the club for 13 years. Rooney was bought by the Red Devils from Everton in 2004.
Interestingly, that year, Rooney won the second edition of the Golden Boy award. With this, he is the first English player to win the Golden Boy in history.
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) : In 2006, Cesc Fabregas won the Golden Boy award. At that time, he was only 19 years old. The Spaniard won the award while defending the London club, Arsenal.
Fabregas did manage to perform brilliantly in the Premier League and Champions League throughout 2006. He himself is the first Spanish player in history to win the Golden Boy award.
Anderson (Manchester United) : Anderson is the first Brazilian player to win the Golden Boy award. At that time, he was a Manchester United player who was only 20 years old. He is known as a creative central midfielder and has dangerous acceleration.
While defending the Red Devils, Anderson was able to perform brilliantly under the care of Sir Alex Ferguson. Unfortunately, since Sir Alex Ferguson left, Anderson’s career at Manchester United has slowly declined, so he had to leave in 2015 on a free transfer to Internacional.
Mario Balotelli (Inter Milan/Manchester City) : Did you know the first Italian player to win the Golden Boy? This is Mario Balotelli. This one player won the award in 2010. At that time, he was a Manchester City player who had just moved clubs from Inter Milan.
Balotelli is an important player who brought Inter Milan to win the 2010 Champions League. Balotelli won the Golden Boy award when he was only 20 years old. In 2011, he himself managed to bring Manchester City to the FA Cup and proved that he was worthy of the Golden Boy award.