The Golden Boy is an award that is given by sports journalists to a young footballer playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation's top tier.
1. Mario Gotze
Mario Götze is a German professional footballer who plays for Eredivisie club PSV and the Germany national team. Although his favoured position is that of a playmaker, Götze has also played as a false nine or as an emergency strike.
2. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team. He operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder and deep-lying playmaker.
Raheem Sterling is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team.
Anthony Jordan Martial is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team.
5. Renato Sanchez
Renato Sanches ComM is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ligue 1 club Lille and the Portugal national team
6. Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team.
7. De Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Serie A club Juventus and the Netherlands national team.
8. Joao Felix
João Félix is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is known for his speed, finishing, creativity, acrobatic abilities, technique, and dribbling, and can also play as a winger or an attacking midfielder.
9. Erling Haaland
Erling Braut Haaland is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Norway national team. A prolific goalscorer, Haaland is recognized for his pace, athleticism and strength, earning him the nickname "The Terminator" by many of his admirers
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