Table of Contents
- 2003 – RAFAEL VAN DER VAART
- 2004 – WAYNE ROONEY
- 2005 – LIONEL MESSI
- 2006 – CESC FABREGAS
- 2007 – SERGIO AGUERO
- 2008 – ANDERSON
- 2009 – ALEXANDRE PATO
- 2010 – MARIO BALOTELLI
- 2011 – MARIO GOTZE
- 2012 – ISCO
- 2013 – PAUL POGBA
- 2014 – RAHEEM STERLING
- 2015 – ANTHONY MARTIAL
- 2016 – RENATO SANCHES
- 2017 – KYLIAN MBAPPE
- 2018 – MATTHIJS DE LIGT
- 2019 – JOAO FELIX
BORUSSIA DORTMUND star Erling Haaland has gained the 2020 Golden Boy award, becoming a member of an elite group of worldwide superstars – and a handful of flops – to have clinched the gong.
Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Phil Foden have been amongst the names on the 20-man shortlist for the 2020 award.
Erling Haaland beat a bunch of stars to win the 2020 Golden Boy award
However the England stars did not beat Dortmund’s goal-machine Haaland to the prestigious piece of silverware.
Barcelona ace Ansu Fati completed second within the voting, with Bayern Munich wonderkid Alphonso Davies in third.
Down the years, the likes of Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney have gotten their arms on the trophy, in addition to some underwhelming names like Anderson and Alexandre Pato.
Much more extremely Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard and Neymar have all failed of their bid to win the award.
However who’re the opposite earlier winners of the award since its 2003 inception? Have a look beneath…
2003 – RAFAEL VAN DER VAART
THEN at Ajax, 20-year-old Van der Vaart was already a longtime star in Holland – with three full seasons underneath his belt.
The 109-cap Holland legend went to play for Hamburg, Actual Madrid and Tottenham, in addition to Actual Betis, Midtjylland and Esbjerg.
Since retiring, Van der Vaart has dabbled in skilled darts – making his BDO debut final yr.
2004 – WAYNE ROONEY
AFTER exploding on to the scene in 2002-03 with Everton – with that purpose towards Arsenal – Rooney earned a transfer to Manchester United that summer time.
After successful the award round his twentieth birthday, Rooney went on to win 120 caps for England, turn into the nation’s all-time main scorer, whereas including 5 Premier League titles and one Champions League crown, scoring 306 profession targets.
Rooney is now player-coach at Derby – and is ready to be in charge of the Rams this weekend after the sacking of boss Phillip Cocu.
The soccer legend has admitted he’s ready to hang up his boots if he’s offered the Derby manager’s job completely.
Wayne Rooney gained the Golden Boy award in 2004 shortly after becoming a member of UnitedCredit score: Rex Options
Lionel Messi is one other big-name star to clinch the well-known awardCredit score: AFP
2005 – LIONEL MESSI
ONLY 18-years-old on the time, Messi exploded on to the scene with Barcelona solely a yr earlier.
The Argentine legend has turn into arguably the best participant of all time, scoring 651 targets in 774 membership video games, in addition to 71 Argentina targets from 142 video games.
Messi has gained ten LaLiga titles, 4 Champions League crowns – in addition to a world-record SIX Ballons d’Or, amongst many, many different accolades.
2006 – CESC FABREGAS
THEN at Arsenal, Fabregas was 19-years-old when he was given the nod.
The Spaniard went on to star for Barcelona and Chelesa earlier than heading to Monaco – the place he now performs – with three league crowns to his identify, in all.
2007 – SERGIO AGUERO
A MANCHESTER CITY legend, Aguero was at Atletico Madrid, aged 19, when he bagged the award.
Aguero has gone to win 4 titles at Metropolis, together with the dramatic winner because the membership gained their first-ever Premier League crown in 2011-12 on the ultimate day of the season.
2008 – ANDERSON
THE listing’s first true flop, Anderson had joined Man Utd in 2007, considered an thrilling younger winger.
However points with type and health noticed him transition into turning into a wildly underwhelming central midfielder.
After leaving United in 2015, Anderson turned out for Internacional and Adana Demirspor within the Turkish second tier.
Mario Balotelli gained the award shortly after becoming a member of Man MetropolisCredit score: AP:Related Press
Isco gained the award again in his Malaga days earlier than bagging a transfer to ActualCredit score: AFP
2009 – ALEXANDRE PATO
ANOTHER ‘future famous person’ who by no means fairly turned that, Pato was on hearth as a 20-year-old at AC Milan, having simply scored 15 Serie A targets in 2008-09.
However accidents and a scarcity of type noticed him transfer again to Brazil, earlier than an ill-fated mortgage stint at Chelsea preceded time at Villarreal Tianjin Quanjian and Sao Paulo.
He’s now a free agent on the age of simply 31.
2010 – MARIO BALOTELLI
AFTER three red-hot years at Inter Milan, “Tremendous Mario” bagged his transfer to Man Metropolis in the summertime of 2010 earlier than successful the Golden Boy award.
However issues by no means fairly panned out for Balotelli as lack of type on the pitch and a collection of controversies off it noticed him turn into one thing of a journeyman.
He too is a free agent and has just lately been linked with a move to Championship strugglers Barnsley.
2011 – MARIO GOTZE
THEN solely 19-years-old, Gotze was being tipped for a vivid future at Borussia Dortmund – and even earned a transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013.
However a spate of accidents and a freak sickness threatened to derail his profession, as a return to Dortmund noticed Gotze get again on monitor – even getting again into the Germany squad.
Gotze is now at PSV Eindhoven after being launched by the Bundesliga giants.
2012 – ISCO
AFTER swapping Valencia for Malaga, Isco immediately turned a sensation in Spain, incomes himself the Golden Boy award in 2012, aged 20.
He earned a transfer to Actual Madrid a yr later, however whereas that includes 214 occasions in LaLiga throughout seven years, many consider he would have earned much more particular person success elsewhere.
Paul Pogba gained the Golden Boy award in 2003 whereas at Juventus
Raheem Sterling clinched the title whereas at Liverpool earlier than his Man Metropolis transferCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
2013 – PAUL POGBA
POGBA stop Previous Trafford in 2012 with simply three Premier League appearances underneath his belt – immediately turning into successful at Juventus.
The Frenchman shortly turned the most effective and most dynamic midfielders on the earth, turning into the most-expensive participant on the earth three years after his Golden Boy win as he rejoined United in an £89m deal.
Pogba continues to be at Man Utd however is struggling to nail down a spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s beginning XI.
He performed an enormous function as France gained the 2018 World Cup.
2014 – RAHEEM STERLING
FROM proficient star at Liverpool to the most effective gamers on the earth at current, it has been a meteoric rise for Sterling.
The England ace gained the award aged 19 and would be part of Man Metropolis the next summer time – the place he has gone from power to power, successful two Premier League titles.
2015 – ANTHONY MARTIAL
THE now-Man Utd star swapped Lyon for Monaco in 2013 and shortly turned a key squad member as they rose to the highest of French soccer.
One other star to see his profession stall a tad at Previous Trafford, Martial has been unable to attain with any regularity.
Martial gained the award early in his Man Utd profession after leaving MonacoCredit score: Getty
Matthijs De Ligt is the most-recent winner of the Golden Boy awardCredit score: Alamy
2016 – RENATO SANCHES
AFTER impressing for Benfica in 2015-16, Sanches was known as as much as Portugal’s squad for Euro 2016 – and the midfielder starred as they surprised Europe to win the title.
Sanches, nonetheless solely 23, earned himself a transfer to Bayern Munich – however his profession hit a brick wall and was even despatched on an atrocious mortgage spell at Swansea.
The Portuguese flop is now at Lille the place he has scored 4 targets in 27 Ligue 1 appearances.
2017 – KYLIAN MBAPPE
THE France wonderkid had simply joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco when the Golden Boy committee got here knocking.
Mbappe has scored 34 Ligue 1 targets in simply 33 video games since making that transfer everlasting in 2018 – and has gained three Ligue 1 crowns in addition to the World Cup in that run.
The Frenchman is now a goal for Actual Madrid and Liverpool forward of the 2021 switch home windows.
2018 – MATTHIJS DE LIGT
DE LIGT was in phenomenal type in 2018-19 as Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League – however even earlier than that stellar run, De Ligt was awarded the Golden Boy award.
His type noticed seemingly each membership on the earth after him, with Juventus successful the race.
Regardless of his big-money transfer, De Ligt has struggled to copy his prime type in 30 Serie A video games, regardless of Juve successful the league once more final season.
2019 – JOAO FELIX
THE Portuguese ace starred at Benfica within the 2018-19 season, finally resulting in him successful the Golden Boy gong.
In the identical yr, Felix made his mega-money transfer to Atletico Madrid, the place he has now begun to seek out his ft after a difficult begin to life in LaLiga.
Felix has scored 11 targets in 34 LaLiga video games and has gained his first 13 caps for Portugal – scoring thrice – since 2019.