The award Golden Boy announced this Thursday the first string of footballers candidates to win the prestigious award that accredits them as the best footballer in the world under 21 in a European team. A kind of junior Ballon d’Or that players of the stature of Messi, Agüero and Mbappé have conquered and that currently boasts the great sensation of world football, Erling Haaland.
Among the most prominent names of these first 100 nominees for the award, those of Eduardo Camavinga, Bukayo Saka, Ryan Gravenberch or the one that aims to be the big favorite to take it away: Pedri. The Canarian footballer leads the Spanish representation, which, counting both national and LaLiga footballers, are practically a fifth of the candidates, a sign that in Spanish football, as Laporta would say, “we are not so bad”.
Pedri leads the Spanish nominees
The midfielder of the Spanish team and FC Barcelona has been one of the big surprises of the season with the Catalans, and his role with the Red has done nothing more than enlarge the illusions and expectations deposited with the player. At 18, he participated in almost all the minutes of Spain in the Eurocup and being one of the best players of Luis Enrique’s.
😊 Little by little @Pedri he is fulfilling his 🪄 dreams:
– Debut with the U21 ✅
– Debut with the absolute ✅
– Play an absolute Eurocup ✅
✨ And now it has one just as important as the previous ones …
– Spanish Soccer Team (@SeFutbol) July 15, 2021
Eric García, the recent signing of Barça, is the other footballer who played in the continental tournament with La Roja, who is also on the list of candidates to win the trophy. The shortlist of Barça candidates closes it Ilaix Moriba, one of the homegrown players in whom Koeman and Barcelona have the greatest confidence.
The seasons in LaLiga of footballers of the stature of Ander Barrenetxea (Real society), Yéremi Pino (Villarreal) or Bryan Gil (Sevilla) have also been rewarded with a nomination, as well as those of promising youth players such as German Valera (Atlético de Madrid); Miguel Gutierrez (Real Madrid), with outstanding participation in the first team in the final leg of the league; or Adrian Barnabas (Manchester City), the only Spaniard on the list who does not play in Spain.
Another six from LaLiga
LaLiga has also had international representation of promising non-Spanish footballers from national clubs. Rodrygo, Reinier and Kubo They are the three foreign representatives of Real Madrid, despite the fact that only the first of them completed the season in white. Valencia also adds more than one candidate, with Kang-in Lee Y Yunus Musah, and finally, Atlético, with its recent signing Marcos Paul.
In the coming months, the list of nominees to be the best young player in the world will be reduced, until it reaches a list of 20 finalists in exactly three months, on October 15. At the end of autumn the world will know the winner.