OFFICIAL: Barca youngster wins Golden Boy award
Gavi has been named the Golden Boy for 2022, adding to the Kopa Trophy he won earlier this week.
The outstanding year of the Spain international midfielder for the Nou Camp club was recognized as he became the 20th winner of the award for Europe’s best under-21 footballers.
He finished ahead of England’s Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, and Jamal Musiala to win the prize, which will be officially presented on November 7 in Turin.
Gavi joins previous Barcelona winners Lionel Messi (2005) and Pedri (2017), as well as Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Joao Felix, Wayne Rooney, and Cesc Fabregas.
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Gavi, the most recent exciting product of Barcelona’s renowned La Masia academy, was promoted from Barcelona’s B team to the senior side at the start of the 2021-22 season.
Coach Xavi has played the teenager 47 times this season, and he has kept his regular place in LaLiga and the Champions League.
Gavi has already made 12 international appearances for Spain, and he is expected to play a key role in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Gavi also won France Football’s Kopa Trophy for the best performing player under 21 last week.
The Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport organizes the Golden Boy awards, which are decided by an international jury of journalists and experts.
The final four were chosen from a long list of young players that included Bellingham, Camavinga, Gavi, and Musiala.
Just days after winning the Ballon d’Or, Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning striker Karim Benzema was named player of the year by the Golden Boy Board of Legends in Tuttosport’s awards.
The Best European Coach award was shared by Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti and Roma’s Jose Mourinho, who led his team to victory in the Europa Conference League.
Andriy Shevchenko, a legendary Ukrainian striker, received the Golden Boy career award.
The following clubs have the most European Golden Boy Award winners:
Wayne Rooney (2004)
Anthony Martial (2015)
Lionel Messi (2005)
Gavi (2022) (2022)