Top 8 La Liga Youngsters Nominated for 2022 Golden Boy Awards As Barcelona Stars Dominate List

Top 8 La Liga Youngsters Nominated for 2022 Golden Boy Awards As Barcelona Stars Dominate List

  • The 40 nominees for the 2022 Golden Boy have been announced, including a number of Spanish La Liga youngsters making the list
  • Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Villareal all produced players nominated for the prestigious award for the best under-21 footballer
  • Former Real Madrid and Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart was the first ever recipient of the award, back in 2003

Barcelona has the highest number of players from the Spanish La Liga shortlisted for the 2022 Golden Boy award as the top 40 nominees have been announced.

La Masia graduates including Ansu Fati, Gavi, Alejandro Balde and current holder Pedri have all been shortlisted in the 40-man list released.

Yunus Musah, Ansu Fati, Eduardo Camavinga, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Villareal, La Liga, Spain
Yunus Musah, Ansu Fati and Eduardo Camavinga have all been shortlisted in the top 40 Golden Boy award nominees. Photo by Manuel Queimadelos, Adam Pretty and Jan Woitas
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Pedri won the award in 2021 and has been nominated for it once more despite having a campaign marred by injuries the previous time around.

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Valencia has the second highest number of players nominated for the Golden Boy awards with 2 players as Dimoara Musa and Nico Gonzalez were shortlisted.

Real Madrid midfielder, Eduardo Camavinga joins the list of La Liga players nominated for the award alongside Villareal’s Santos Pino.

The Golden Boy award is voted by journalists to determine the best young player in European football and was first won by Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart in 2003.

Top 8 La Liga Golden Boy award nominees

1. Ansu Fati (Barcelona)

2. Santos Pino (Villareal)

3. Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)

4. Pedri (Barcelona)

5. Alejandro Balde (Barcelona)

6. Dimoara Musa (Valencia)

7. Gavi (Barcelona)

8. Nico Gonzalez (Valencia)

Camavinga leads the race for 2022 Golden Boy award

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Real Madrid midfielder, Eduardo Camavinga is seeking to follow in the footsteps of fellow France teammate, Kylian Mbappe to win the Golden Boy Award.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been shortlisted for the 2022 edition of the award after a successful debut season at Real Madrid where he emerged as La Liga champions.

Camavinga who also won the UEFA Champions League with Los Blancos will be aiming to become the first Real Madrid player to win the coveted prize.

Source: SportsBrief.com