The Golden Boy award is an award which is given to the youngster who proved to be the most consistent player throughout the year in Europe. The trophy is decided by sports journalists, and it is important to consider that all the nominees in the list are under the age of 21 and play in a European nation’s top tier of club football. Among the final 60 nominations, that have been cut down by 40 names following the initial 100 nominees for the 2021 edition of the Golden Boy award, Arsenal has two representatives.
Some honorable names that will contest each other closely for the trophy are Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Pedri (Barcelona), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), and Jamal Musiala from Bayern Munich. All of these youngsters have proved themselves both for club and country, all of them are equally hyped and have shown more or less the same potential. Fans love hyping the fresh-faced youngsters who burst onto the scene with phenomenal performances.
Every season, fans and pundits all over the world find many new youngsters coming up the ranks to shine at the highest level, like every year the 60 player list for the Golden Boy award is filled with talented and bright teens from all European leagues.
Tuttosport's Golden Boy 2021 – Final 60. pic.twitter.com/g6gIeE3YXz
— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) August 24, 2021
Which Arsenal players made it into the list?
Both wingers, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli made it into the top 60 after having phenomenal seasons with both club and country. Bukayo Saka also won the Arsenal player of the year award last season after his heroics and consistency throughout the season at the age of just 19. Saka also played a key role in England’s Euro journey as they came very close to lifting the title.
On the other hand, Gabriel Martinelli showed the world how capable he was after winning the Olympic gold medal with Brazil. The winger also had an impressive season with Arsenal and will be part of Arsenal’s core going forward.