25 name shortlist for the Golden Boy award 2023

25 name shortlist for the Golden Boy award 2023

The list of potential winners of the Golden Boy Award 2023 has now been cut down to 25 names. When it comes to actually winning the award though, there is one very clear favourite. Ahead of the season the top race for the award was lead by Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala. However, Jamal Musiala have not been as eminent for Bayern Munich as he was last season, while Jude Bellingham have started the season in his new club Real Madrid splendid. Bellingham is already the best player in Real Madrid, and is on top of the top scorer list in La Liga after scoring 8 goals in the 9 matches. Looking at the ranking points (see in table below) it doesn't look like Bellingham is that far ahead, but in reality, any other winner than Bellingham would almost be a scandal.

France have most players on the list

The country with most names on the list is France, having four players that might win the prestigious award. Spain has three names on the list whereas Belgium, Portugal, England and Germany has two each. There are two players from Africa on the list as well, Bilal El Khannouss from Morocco and Ousmane Diomande from Ivory Coast.

Clubs with two players on the list are Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, RB Leipzig and Real Madrid.

Shortlist of all the 25 nominated for the Golden Boy Award 2023

PlayerTeamNationalityGolden Boy rating
Jude BellinghamReal MadridEngland99
Jamal MusialaBayern MunichGermany95,9
António SilvaBenficaPortugal92,9
Xavi SimonsRB LeipzigNetherlands92,1
Alejandro BaldeBarcelonaSpain85,7
Florian WirtzBayer LeverkusenGermany84
Benjamin SeskoRB LeipzigSlovenia83,1
Milos KerkezBournemouthHungary80,1
Giorgio ScalviniAtalantaItaly79,5
Lucas Gourna-DouathRed Bull SalzburgFrance79,2
Arthur VermeerenRoyal AntwerpBelgium78,9
Levi ColwillChelseaEngland77,2
Rasmus HøjlundManchester UnitedDenmark77,1
Johan BakayokoPSV EindhovenBelgium77,1
Evan FergusonBrighton & Hove AlbionIreland75,9
Warren Zaire-EmeryPSGFrance75,7
Arnau MartinezGironaSpain75,7
Arda GülerReal MadridTurkey74,7
Andy DioufLensFrance74,2
Martin BaturinaDinamo ZagrebCroatia72,6
Mathys TelBayern MunichFrance72
Bilal El KhannoussGenkMorocco70,4
Ousmane DiomandeSportingIvory Coast70,2
João NevesBenficaPortugal69
Lamine YamalBarcelonaSpain62,6
The ranking points comes from europeangoldenboy.com (Football Benchmark).
13 Oct 2023