All Golden Boy Winners In 21st Century

By Shyam
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Gavi

Here we show you all the Golden Boy winners in 21st century (since 2022)

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Can you guess who won the Golden Boy award in 2011? We have gathered information from Transfermarkt on some of the best players in the world, that is, their performance stats as youngsters.

This article will tell you about the players with Golden Boy awards in 21st century, that is, since 2022.

All Golden Boy Winners

YearPlayerClub
2003Rafael van der VaartAjax
2004Wayne RooneyEverton, Manchester United
2005Lionel MessiBarcelona
2006Cesc FabraegasArsenal
2007Sergio AgueroAtletico Madrid
2008AndersonManchester United
2009Alexander PatoAC Milan
2010Mario BalotelliInter Milan, Manchester City
2011Mario GotzeBorussia Dortmund
2012IscoMalaga
2013Paul PogbaJuventus
2014Raheem SterlingLiverpool
2015Anthony MartialMonaco, Manchester United
2016Renato SanchesBenfica, Bayern Munich
2017Kylian MbappeMonaco, PSG
2018Matthijs De LigtAjax
2019Joao FelixBenfica, Atletico Madrid
2020Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund
2021PedriBarcelona
2022GaviBarcelona

Golden Boy award was introduced in 2003 and Rafael van der Vaart was the inaugural winner of it. Let us inform you that the award is given to the best player aged 21 and under that is based in Europe.

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Gavi is the most recent winner of the prestigious Golden Boy award. According to the Italian media, he was the best player of 2021/22 season and he really quite had a good season with Barcelona but the fans opposed this decision on social media.

Lionel Messi won the award in 2005 and three years later, Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo never got a chance to lift the Golden Boy award but his crazy skills left the world in a shock for a long time.

Both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have an award each to their name that they won in 2017 and 2020 respectively. Now that the GOAT debate is on its deathbed, it hurts to say that the new era has begun with these two being the next two key figures.

By Shyam
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Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.