The Golden Boy award was founded by Italian Newspaper Tuttosport back in the 2003, Rafael van der Vaart was the first ever to win the award. It’s voted on by several newspapers around Europe including MARCA (Spain), The Times (UK), Bild (Germany) and several more.
Players that have won the award include Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Paul Pogba just to name a few. That’s a lot of talent there, and this year is no different - except that there are two young American’s among a list that includes the likes of Italian goalkeeping sensation GiGi Donnaruma, Kylian Mbappe, and Ousmane Dembélé.
Christian Pulisic and Cameron Carter-Vickers are both up for the award.
Pulisic, the wunderkind from Hershey, Pennsylvania has been on form for both club and country. He’s been making it hard for coaches to keep him out of the starting XI.
Cameron Carter-Vickers the Southend, England native has made several cup appearances for Spurs this season, and has drawn rave reviews from his manager, Mauricio Pochettino. While he didn’t get on the pitch, CCV earned his first USMNT senior call up during the November camp last year.
No American has won this award in its 14 year run.
Only 4 of the 14 winners have come outside of Europe. Each journalist is allowed to nominate five players, with 10 points going towards the most impressive, 7 points for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 point for 5th most impressive. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in the top tier of European football.
You can participate in the fan poll for Tuttosport’s Golden Boy Award 2017, just by clicking the link.