4. Wayne Rooney won the Golden Boy award in 2004 – Everyone in Britain knew about Rooney before he even kicked a ball for the Everton first team and since coming though the academy and earning a £27m move to Man United in 2004, he has won every major honour at club level. The 33-year-old striker is also England’s top scoring player and he is now playing his football in America at MLS side DC United. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 11. Mario Balotelli won the Golden Boy award in 2010 – Balotelli burst onto the scene at Inter and even won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho. It looked pretty good for him at Man City, too, but then things started to fall apart. He’s now 28 and is plying his trade at French club Nice after poor spells at Milan and Liverpool. His form in France, though, has earned him a place back in Italy’s squad. 15 15 15 14. Rafael van der Vaart won the Golden Boy award in 2003 – He looked destined to have a bright future in the game and won the inaugural Golden Boy during his time at Ajax. He was unable to win anything at Real Madrid, who signed him from Hamburg in 2008, but was a star player for Spurs following his £8m move in 2010. However, that didn’t last long either and he was back at Hamburg two years later. Now 35 years old, he plays for Esbjerg in Denmark. The list of players up for the annual Golden Boy award has been trimmed to 60, with the list being trimmed to 20 on 20 November.The prize, given to the best player in Europe under the age of 21, has been handed out by Italian news outlet Tuttosport since 2003. Judges are formed of various journalists around the Continent and included The Times in England.The chosen 60Achraf Hakimi – Real MadridCarles Alena – BarcelonaTrent Alexander-Arnold – LiverpoolKevin Adou Amian – ToulouseHoussem Aouar – LyonMusa Barrow – AtalantaSander Berge – GenkBrahim Diaz – Manchester CityJustin Bijlow – FeyenoordJosip Brekalo – WolfsburgPatrick Cutrone – MilanDani Olmo – Dinamo ZagrebDiogo Dalot – Manchester UnitedTom Davies – EvertonMathijs De Ligt – AjaxMoussa Diaby – PSGMoussa Djenepo – Standard LiegeRitsu Doan – GroningenGabriel Eder Militao – PortoOdsonne Edouard – CelticEcco Evander – MidtjyllandPhil Foden – Manchester CityJuan Foyth – TottenhamGodson Fernandes – BenficaNicolas Gonzalez – StuttgartAmadou Haidara – Red Bull SalzburgKai Havertz – Bayer LeverkusenJonathan Ikone – Lille impact 15 RANKED silverware MONEY ADVICE 13. Renato Sanches won the Golden Boy award in 2016 – Having won Euro 2016 with Portugal, Sanches moved to Bayern for £35m and then was crowned Golden Boy a few months later. His first year in Germany didn’t go as planned and he was loaned to Swansea for the 2017/18 campaign, which was a disaster. He’s only 21 and there is the feeling he will fill the enormous promise he has. “We remain convinced he has the potential to become an important player for FC Bayern in the future,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said when loaning him last year. smart causal 15 3. Sergio Aguero won the Golden Boy award in 2007 – He is one of the best strikers in the world who was at the centre of one of the most wonderful days in Man City’s history. Aguero scored the goal that won them the 2012 Premier League title and since coming through at Atletico Madrid there has been one word to describe him: goals. 9. Anthony Martial won the Golden Boy award in 2015 – Martial’s rise has been impressive since leaving Monaco for £36m in 2015 and he is the third Man United player to win the Golden Boy award. He was relatively unknown in the UK when Man United signed him, but the 19-year-old probably justified his price tag immediately when he demonstrated his skill and pace to cut through the Liverpool defence and score on his debut in a 3-1 win. He endured a difficult second season and was close to leaving the club in the summer after his third campaign, which prevented him earning a place in France’s World Cup squad. At 22 years old he is already an FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup winner. 15 7. Cesc Fabregas won the Golden Boy award in 2006 – Fabregas broke into the Arsenal team at 16 and developed into one of the best midfielders in the game. He won the FA Cup in 2005 but then moved to Barcelona in 2011 to chase trophies, winning a Spanish League and Cup. He was back in England with Chelsea in 2014 and won the Premier League in his first season with Jose Mourinho then won a second title under Antonio Conte. Most popular football news REVEALED 8. Isco won the Golden Boy award in 2012 – A Malaga player when presented with the award, Isco was part of the team that reached the 2013 Champions League quarter finals when they were narrowly denied a place in the last four by Dortmund. He joined Real Madrid shortly afterwards and after early spells on the sub’s bench, has forced his way into the first team. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 2. Paul Pogba won the Golden Boy award in 2013 – Graeme Souness may not be his biggest fan, but there is no denying Pogba has achieved a lot in a short space of time. The 25-year-old midfielder won four Serie A titles at Juventus, an U20 World Cup with France, played in the 2015 Champions League final then the Euro 2016 final before winning the World Cup in 2018. In between then was also his £89m transfer to Man United where he won the Europa League and League Cup in his first season. possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 15. Anderson won the Golden Boy award in 2008 – Man United paid Porto £20m for him in 2007, but in the eight years at Old Trafford he was unable to fulfil the massive potential he clearly had. He was the best player at the 2005 U17 World Cup then won the Golden Boy award in 2008. Injuries didn’t help and he didn’t always appear to be in top physical shape, yet he won the Champions League and four Premier League titles. A number of scouts had been monitoring him for a while prior to his signing and Sir Alex Ferguson revealed in his autobiography that his brother, Martin, told him Anderson was better than Wayne Rooney. He wasn’t and was eventually moved on to Internacional in 2015. 15 6. Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boy in 2017 – He’s only 19, yet Paris Saint Germain deemed it necessary to spend €182m on him. In addition, his medal collection includes two league titles with two different clubs, plus both of France’s domestic cups and the World Cup. He was one of the players of the tournament in Russia where he scored four goals. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 15 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 12. Alexandre Pato won the Golden Boy award in 2009 – At one point Pato was supposed to be the next big thing and he looked good when Milan initially brought him to Europe from Internacional in 2007. He won a Serie A title where he scored 14 times in the 2010/11 league season, but injuries hampered his time in Italy and he was back in Brazil in 2013, before returning to Europe for a loan spell with Chelsea. It wasn’t a success and the 29-year-old has been playing for Tianjin Quanjian in China since 2017. 15 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 15 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 15 15 15 5. Mario Gotze won the Golden Boy award in 2011 – Gotze was class during his first stint at Dortmund where he won the Golden Boy. He won two league titles and helped his side reach the 2013 Champions League final, which he missed through injury, but added another three Bundesliga crowns to his collection during his time at Bayern. He scored the winner for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and returned to Dortmund in 2016. Joao Jota – BenficaEduardo Jovane Cabral – SportingDejan Joveljic – Red Star BelgradeBoubacar Kamara – MarseilleYann Karamoh – BordeauxMoise Kean – JuventusAbdoulaye Jules Keita – DijonJustin Kluivert – RomaTuen Koopmeiners – AZ AlkmaarAlban Lafont – ToulouseLeo Jaba – PAOKLuca Zidane – Real MadridMikhail Lysov – LokomotivJean-Victor Makengo – NiceManu Garcia – ToulouseMauro Junior – PSVKylian Mbappe – PSGWeston McKennie – SchalkeEvan N’Dicka – Eintracht FrankfurtPietro Pellegri – MonacoRondel Pierre-Gabriel – MonacoChristian Pulisic – Borussia DortmundRuben Vinagre – WolvesMarcelo Saracchi – RB LeipzigIsmaila Sarr – RennesRyan Sessegnon – FulhamToni Moya – Atletico MadridDayton Upamecano – RB LeipzigFederico Valverde – Real MadridVinicius Junior – Real MadridMoussa Wague – BarcelonaTimothy Weah – PSGKylian Mbappe is the most recent recipient of the prize and here, talkSPORT.com looks at how other previous winners have fared after winning, starting with former Manchester United midfielder Anderson, a winner in 2008. BEST OF 15 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 10. Raheem Sterling won the Golden Boy award in 2014 – Liverpool paid QPR less than £1m for Sterling in 2010 and what a bargain it was because he is now a key player in a very dangerous Man City attack under Pep Guardiola. His stunning form last year helped them blow the competition away en route to winning the Premier League and Sterling was also crucial to the Liverpool side that narrowly missed out in the Premier League title in 2014 and it was his form on Merseyside that won him the award. 15 highlights 1. Lionel Messi won the Golden Boy award in 2005 – He’s Messi, isn’t he?