Gavi is the 2022 Golden Boy! After the Kopa trophy, the Barça star has also scooped the second award for the best U21 player.
The Golden Boy Award was introduced by the Italian sports magazine Tuttosport in 2003 and honors the best U21 player of the year. The Golden Boy is considered the most prestigious award for young footballers - although France Football has been awarding an equivalent title to the Golden Boy since 2018 with the Kopa Trophy.
As in the previous year, both newspapers chose the same winner: in 2021 Pedri had won both awards, this year it is his teammate Gavi.
When the Kopa trophy was presented, there was already a lot of criticism and a lack of understanding that Gavi of all people was chosen as the winner. The two Bundesliga stars Jamal Musiala and Jude Bellingham were actually considered favorites in the run-up - now they are also at a disadvantage when it comes to the Golden Boy Award.
This article was originally published on 90min.com as Gavi named Golden Boy 2022.