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Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala among nine Bundesliga-based nominees for Golden Boy Award
- Updated: June 21, 2023
Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala are among the nine youngsters who played Bundesliga football in 2022/23 that have been shortlisted for the Golden Boy.
Also on the 100-man shortlist are: Kevin Paredes (20, Wolfsburg) Luca Netz (20, Borussia Mönchengladbach), Arne Engels (19, Augsburg), Youssoufa Moukoko (18), Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (18, both Borussia Dortmund), Mathys Tel (18, Bayern Munich) and Florian Wirtz (20, Bayer Leverkusen).
Awarded annually, the Golden Boy recognises the best footballer under the age of 21 in one of Europe’s top-flight leagues, per UEFA coefficient.
Mario Götze, Renato Sanches and Erling Haaland are the previous Bundesliga-based winners of the prize, presented by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport since 2003 and decided by a panel of experts.
Bellingham, who recently signed a long-term deal with Spain’s Real Madrid, helped take Dortmund to the brink of the 2022/23 Bundesliga title with a catalogue of commanding performances. The 19-year-old won a league-high 482 challenges, whilst chipping in with eight goals and four assists. The England international’s efforts have already been recognised with the Bundesliga Player of the Season award.
It was Musiala who denied Bellingham and Dortmund the Bundesliga’s top prize. The 20-year-old scored a dramatic winner on the final day as Bayern claimed the title ahead of BVB on goal difference. The Germany international attacker – who, like Bellingham, has finished among the Golden Boy award’s top four in each of the last two seasons – had a direct hand in 22 Bundesliga goals in 2022/23 (12 of his own, plus 10 assists). Only Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani produced more (26).