The Italian newspaper Tuttosport has published the 40 players nominated to win the Golden Boy, considered like the Ballon D’Or under 21. Among the players we can see one Real Madrid footballer: Marco Asensio.
The amazing last season Marco Asensio did with Espanyol and the superb start of the current season made the newspaper to nominate the Real Madrid player. Asensio finally stayed in Los Blancos squad after a great pre-season tour around the United States.
Zidane trusted him at the beginning of the season, and Asensio scored a very important goal in the European Supercup and in the first game of la Liga against Real Sociedad. However, the player is losing his place in the pitch and, for instance, he wasn’t even on the bench in the clash against Borussia Dortmund in Champions League. In the last game in La Liga, Asensio scored the opening goal at Las Palmas.
This good start in La Liga and Real Madrid called the attention of Julen Lopetegui, the new Spanish coach and Marco Asensio made his debut with the national team. It’s been a really special year so far for Asensio and could be even better if he is able to win the award.
The Golden Boy is a really prestigious award. You only need to have a look at the winner list to realize the importance of the trophy. Players like Wayne Rooney (2004), Leo Messi (2005), Agüero (2007), Balotelli (2010), Gotze (2011), Isco (2012), Pogba (2013) or Sterling (2014) won the trophy. Manchester United player Anthony Martial was the last winner.
There are three other players of La Liga nominated to the trophy: Lucas Hernández (Atlético de Madrid); Carlos Fernández (Sevilla) and Tony Sanabria (Betis). The most famous players in the list are Kinglsey Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Démbélé (Borussia Dortmund), Delle Ali (Tottenham), Iheanacho (Man. City), Marcus Rashford (Man. United) or Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan).