There are 10 Portuguese players on the shortlist of 100 nominees for the 2022 Golden Boy Award, a trophy that distinguishes Europe’s best under-21 players every year and is presented by Italian newspaper Tuttosport. The name of the winner to replace Pedri (Barcelona) will be announced in November, a month after the list was reduced to 20. To date, only two Portuguese have won the award: Renato Sanchez (2016) and Joao Felix (2019).
Portugal’s nominees are Rodrigo Ribeiro (Sport), Thiago Thomas (Stuttgart), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain), Jorson Fernandez (Basel), Enrique F. Araujo (Benfica), Fabio Silva (Wolverhampton), Fabio Carvalho (Fulham/Liverpool), Diego Moreira (Benfica), Francisco Conceição (Porto) and Paulo Bernardo (Benfica). Note also two foreign footballers who play in Portugal: Cher Ndour (Benfica) and Yan Couto (Sp. Braga).
Of all the nominees, 19-year-old Nuno Mendes appeared to be the most likely to win the trophy at first, as he managed to impose himself on the Paris Saint-Germain squad considering only the season that has ended. French champions) and national team A. But voting only ends in October, and a lot will happen before that. The former Sporting defender played a total of 40 games for Paris in the season that ended, wearing the corner shirt six times.
Also noteworthy is the presence of Fabio Carvalho, the Portugal Under-21 international who enjoyed a fantastic season at Fulham, the club coached by Marco Silva, who has since been promoted to into the Premier League, which gave him the opportunity to move to Liverpool. Also, among the nominees, five Portuguese players work for foreign clubs.
Among the nominees are three children who recently won the Youth League for Benfica – Enrique Araujo (20), Diego Moreira (17) and Cher Ndour (17) – – They had little or no playing time in the Luz club’s first team. – The first of the five games took up 135 minutes; the second game only took 22 minutes and the third game did not appear at all. The same goes for Rodrigo Ribeiro from Sporting, who has a total of 40 minutes in the I Liga. More popular is the son of Francisco Conceição coach Sergio Conceição, from Porto, who has played 33 games for the first team, including three in the Champions League.
With a few last-minute exceptions, the biggest favourite to win the trophy this year is 19-year-old Eduardo Camavinga, an Angolan-born Real Madrid player of French nationality., he made his debut for Merengue in the season that ended, and ended the season as Spanish champions and Champions League winners, with a total of 40 appearances. No other player on this 100-man roster has such a rich class, so it’s going to be hard for anyone to top him.
Camavinga’s life story is marked by a difficult childhood. Parents Sofia and Celestino fled the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and sought help in a refugee camp in Mikonye, northern Angola. He was born there (November 10, 2002) and lived until his parents were able to go to Lille (France), where Eduardo became a player.
The Golden Boy Trophy has been awarded since 2003. The first winner was Dutch midfielder Raphael van der Vaart, who represented Ajax at the time. Messi was another winner, taking his first steps at Barcelona in the 2005 competition. Most recently, 2017’s Kylian Mbappé and Norway international Erling Haaland were crowned.
It is the responsibility of 40 journalists to pick the best European under-21 players and they will list their top 5. The first score is 10 points. Seven points for second place, five points for third place, three points for fourth place, and one point for fifth place. To play, the player must have been born after 1 January 2001 and have played for a club in Europe’s top league.
Like the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s best award, the award is usually given to strikers or midfielders. The only exception to this rule was in the 2018 vote, when the trophy was awarded to Ajax’s Dutch centre-back Mattis de Licht.
Last year, Spaniard Pedri from Barcelona won second place by the largest margin with 318 votes, while Jude Bellingam from Dortmund got 119 votes.