25-player shortlist for the 2017 Golden Boy award


Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Rashford, Ousmane Dembele and Gabriel Jesus are a few of the headlining names to feature on the 25-man shortlist for the 2017 Golden Boy award.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport established the prize in 2003, the aim being to celebrate the efforts of the most impressive under-21 footballer in a top-tier European league over a calendar year.

Last year’s Golden Boy Renato Sanches failed to make the list after an inactive year at Bayern Munich, while runner-up Marcus Rashford is set for another crack at the award after a strong year with Manchester United.

Barcelona’s record signing Ousmane Dembele features on the list but is a huge outsider to win after he was ruled out until possibly the new year with a hamstring injury.

Players from the English Premier League and La Liga take up almost half the list, with both competitions featuring six each, while the Bundesliga and Serie A are the next best represented leagues with eight players between them.

2017 Golden Boy Nominees: golden boy

Aaron Martin (Espanyol)

golden boy

Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig)

golden boy

Rodrigo Bentacur (Juventus) golden boy

Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven)

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

golden boyFederico Chiesa (Fiorentina)

golden boyOusmane Dembele (Barcelona)

golden boyAmadou Diawara (Napoli)

golden boyKasper Dolberg (Ajax)

golden boyGianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

golden boyGabriel Jesus (Manchester City)

golden boyJoe Gomez (Liverpool)

golden boyBenjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen)

golden boyBorja Mayoral (Real Madrid)

golden boyKylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

golden boyEmre Mor (Celta de Vigo)

golden boyReece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)

golden boyChristian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

golden boyMarcus Rashford (Manchester United)

golden boyAllan Saint-Maximin (OGC Nice)

golden boyDominic Solanke (Liverpool)

golden boyTheo Hernandez (Real Madrid)

Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco)

golden boyEnes Unal (Villarreal)

golden boyKyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham)


  1. Germany won the Under-20 Euros and they won the Confed Cup with a super young B/C team against senior opposition. Still there’s only one German player on this shortlist? The idiots at UEFA are absolutely clueless. Again…


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