By Martin Graham | 18th November 2023
England and Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham has been named the winner of the 2023 Golden Boy award (BBC). The award is given annually to the best under-21 player in Europe’s top flights. Bellingham, 20, has been in exceptional form for Real Madrid since moving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window, scoring 13 goals in 14 appearances. He was also recognized as the best under-21 player in world football at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in October.
Bellingham is the third English player to win the Golden Boy award, following Wayne Rooney in 2004 and Raheem Sterling in 2014. Other notable winners of the award include Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Erling Haaland.
Bellingham expressed his gratitude to everyone who has been part of his journey so far, including his family and coaches. He also stated that he wants to keep pushing the limits of his potential and win many more trophies.
What is the Golden Boy award?
The Golden Boy award is an annual award given to the best under-21 player in Europe’s top flights. The award was established in 2003 by the Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport. The award is voted for by a panel of 50 sports journalists from across Europe.
Past winners of the Golden Boy award
- 2023: Jude Bellingham (England, Real Madrid)
- 2022: Pedri (Spain, Barcelona)
- 2021: Erling Haaland (Norway, Borussia Dortmund)
- 2020: Eduardo Camavinga (France, Real Madrid)
- 2019: João Félix (Portugal, Atlético Madrid)
- 2018: Kylian Mbappé (France, Paris Saint-Germain)
- 2017: Renato Sanches (Portugal, Bayern Munich)
- 2016: Marcus Rashford (England, Manchester United)
- 2015: Anthony Martial (France, Manchester United)
- 2014: Raheem Sterling (England, Liverpool)
Congratulations to Jude Bellingham on a well-deserved award!