The 40 nominees for the coveted European Golden Boy award have been announced.
The Golden Boy award is one of the most prestigious accolades that can be bestowed on a young player – voted for by journalists, it picks out the finest player Under 21 in Europe, with past winners including Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi.
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The shortlist for this year’s award has been announced, and you can see all 40 nominees by flicking through the pages below. Will a Premier League star earn the honour of being Europe’s finest young player?
Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) – The young Algerian midfielder had a good World Cup and has broken into the Spurs first team.
Oliver Torres (Atletico Madrid) – Torres is likely to be at the heart of Diego Simeone’s rebuild in the Spanish capital.