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Golden Boy 2022: Barcelona and Liverpool stars make final 20 nominees

Pedri of FC Barcelona poses with the Golden Boy 2021 award prior to the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Elche CF at Camp Nou on December 18, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain

Italian newspaper Tuttosport has announced the final 20 nominees for the 2022 Golden Boy award.

Football experts from across the continent will vote to decide Europe’s best young player. All the nominees must play in one of the top tiers of a European league and be aged under 21.

Barcelona starlet Pedri won the award last year. He is also a nominee for this year’s edition but may not win it after spending much of the year sidelined with a hamstring injury.

His Barcelona teammates Nico Gonzalez, Ansu Fati and Gavi are also on the shortlist for the award. Barca have the most players on the list with four, but the Bundesliga is the most represented league.

Gavi is one of the early favourites for the award. The 18-year-old has become a crucial component for Barca and the Spanish national team.

His combative style, combined with his technique and security in possession, makes him an invaluable member of his teams.

Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid have Eduardo Camavinga on the list. He was one of the club’s best weapons as they won La Liga and the Champions League.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham is another favourite for the award. The 19-year-old has been hugely impressive with the German giants and has captained them this season.

Bellingham has scored in his last five Champions League appearances, and his physical presence is vital in the middle of the park for Dortmund. He is one of their best and most consistent performers.

Bayern Munich have Mathys Tel, Ryan Gravenberch, and Jamal Musiala on the list, while RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol has also been included.

Wilfried Gnonto and Fabio Carvalho represent the Premier League on the shortlist.

2022 Golden Boy Nominations

Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich, Germany)

Fabio Miretti (Juventus, Italy U21)

Nico Gonzalez (Valencia, Spain)

Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain, Portugal)

Pedri (Barcelona, Spain)

Wilfried Gnoto (Leeds United, Italy)

Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern Munich, Netherlands)

Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig, Croatia)

Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)

Fabio Carvalho (Liverpool, Portugal U21)

Ansu Fati (Barcelona, Spain)

Gavi (Barcelona, Spain)

Joao Antonio Silva (Benfica, Portugal)

Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund, England)

Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid, France)

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