The absolute Golden Boy is Lamine’s thing, but with an unexpected rival in the popular vote

The Golden Boy, the annual trophy awarded since 2003 by Italian sports daily Tuttosport to the best European footballer under the age of 21, will not be presented until mid-December. It is the prize awarded after the deliberation of a prestigious international jury of journalists from all over Europe. In this 2024 edition, the period between October 3, 2023 and July 26, 2024 is valued. And in the provisional ranking Lamine Yamal He has already taken the lead at 16 years old and everything points to the fact that the Euro Cup he is starring in, with the final on Sunday in Berlin still to come, will allow him to win the award when he turns 17 on Saturday. In fact, the great European competition for national teams has served to put some distance between him and the Portuguese midfielder. Joao Neves (19 years).

It will happen, unless there is a surprise, in the list of winners Jude Bellingham, who in 2023 did a double with the absolute Golden Boy and the Golden Boy Web, a minor prize reserved for popular vote, without mediation of a jury, on the Tuttosport website. And there is an unexpected rival emerging for him The mine.

Max Finkgrafe, left-back for Cologne

Cologne

Max Finkgräfea 20-year-old left-back from Cologne, leads with 32.4% of popular preferences, with a good margin of advantage over Lamine Yamal, about 19%. Probably some of the computer gnomes’ work.

 
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