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Golden Boy Award Nominees: Ansu Fati In, Samuel Chukwueze Out

Golden Boy Award Nominees: Ansu Fati In, Samuel Chukwueze Out

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The 20-man nominees for the 2019 Golden Boy award have been announced by its organisers and it is currently a talking point among football fans.

Every year, Italian newspaper, 'Tuttosport', makes a list of the best players under 21, who play in the top tier of European football, with one player eventually winning the prestigious award at the end of the process.

Global stars, including Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Isco, Paul Pogba, and Kylian Mbappe, all previously won the award during the early years of their career.

While last year, it was former captain of Ajax Amsterdam, Matthijs de Ligt, now with Serie A champions, Juventus, who nicked the prize ahead of other competitors.

The Netherlands international is on the shortlist again but would most likely not win it, with other strong contenders in the running.

Golden Boy Award Nominees: Ansu Fati In, Samuel Chukwueze Out

But away from who could win it, the main debate has been the exclusion of Nigerian star, Samuel Chukwueze, who plays for Spanish outfit, Villarreal.

Chukwueze had a remarkable last season in La Liga and followed it up with some good Africa Cup of Nations display.

Although he has not been in his best form for his club this season, he delivered yet another eye-catching performance in an international friendly against five-time world champions, Brazil.

Golden Boy Award Nominees: Ansu Fati In, Samuel Chukwueze Out

While the skillful Nigerian has been ignored, Barcelona's 16-year-old Ansu Fati has surprisingly made the shortlist. The youngster was initially not among the original list but seemed to have found his way to the final shortlist for the award.

Among the contenders are Arsenal midfielder, Matteo Guendouzi, England youngsters, Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount, Atletico Madrid and Portugal youngster, Joao Felix, and Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior.

Golden Boy final shortlist:

Matthijs de Ligt (20) – Juventus

Alphonso Davies (18) – Bayern Munich

Gianluigi Donnarumma (20) – AC Milan

Ansu Fati (16) – Barcelona

Phil Foden (19) – Man City

Matteo Guendouzi (20) – Arsenal

Erling Braut Haaland (19) – RB Salzburg

Kai Haverts (20) – Bayer Leverkusen

Joao Felix (19) – Atletico Madrid

Dejan Joveljic (20) – Eintracht Frankfurt

Moise Kean (19) – Everton

Lee Kang-in (18) – Valencia

Andriy Lunin (20) – Real Madrid

Donyell Malen (20) – PSV

Mason Mount (20) – Chelsea

Rodrygo (18) – Real Madrid

Jadon Sancho (19) – Borussia Dortmund

Ferran Torres (19) – Valencia

Vinicius Junior (19) – Real Madrid

Nicolo Zaniolo (20) – Roma.