Jude Bellingham will be officially crowned as the winner of the 2023 Golden Boy award on Monday evening when the prestigious annual ceremony takes place in Turin later this evening. 

Established by Italian outlet Tuttosport in 2003, the Golden Boy award celebrates the best players aged under 21 from Europe’s top divisions each calendar year. 

Since its inception, the Golden Boy awards have been handed out to an impressive list of players who have gone on to achieve success at the highest level, including Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. 

Bellingham was announced as the winner from a 20-player strong shortlist on November 17 after a stellar year for Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and the England national team. 

Atalanta defender Giorgio Scalvini is the highest-ranking Italian player on the 2023 shortlist, finishing in 15th place.


Scalvini’s former teammate Rasmus Hojlund has also made the cut after an impressive end to the season with Atalanta, which led to a record-breaking €85m transfer to Manchester United in the summer transfer window. 

See below for the final ranking of the 2023 shortlist. 

2023 Golden Boy rankings

20. Martin Baturina (Dinamo Zagreb) 

19. Milos Kerkez (AZ Alkmaar, AFC Bournemouth)

18. Arthur Vermeeren (Royal Antwerp)

17. Ousmane Diomande (Midtjylland, Sporting CP)

16. Andy Diouf (Basel, RC Lens)

15. Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta)  

14. Joao Neves (Benfica) 

13. Evan Ferguson (Brighton)

12. Arda Guler (Fenerbahce, Real Madrid)

11. Benjamin Sesko (RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig)

10. Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)

9. Mathys Tel (Bayern Munich)

8. Antonio Silva (Benfica) 

7. Alejandro Balde (Barcelona) 

6. Rasmus Hojlund (Atalanta, Manchester United) 

5. Warren Zaire-Emery (Paris Saint-Germain)

4. Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain)

3. Lamine Yamal (Barcelona)

2. Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)

1. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid)

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