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Golden Boy Award 2021: 5 Most Valuable Nominees

Arjun Singh Devgan
Barcelona youngster Pedri is the favourite to win the 2021 Golden Boy award
Barcelona youngster Pedri is the favourite to win the 2021 Golden Boy award / David Ramos/Getty Images

The Golden Boy award is given to young footballers playing in Europe who have impressed during a calendar year, with one condition being that the player should be under the age of 21, while also playing in a European nations top-tier of club football.

While 80 players are nominated, there are some whose transfer value is staggering. Here, we take a look at the five most valuable 2021 Golden Boy nominees.

1. Pedri (Barcelona) - €80m

FC Barcelona v RC Celta - La Liga Santander / David Ramos/Getty Images

Hailed as the successor to Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta for both Barcelona and Spain, Pedri has emerged as one of the brightest young midfield talents in the world.

The 18-year-old had a brilliant debut season for Barcelona and was even more impressive during the 2020 European Championship - named as the Young Player of the Tournament and was also included in the Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament.

2. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) - €65m

Bukayo Saka
Arsenal v Villareal CF - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: Leg Two / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Named as Arsenal's 2020/21 Player of the Season, Bukayo Saka has excelled as both a left-back, a wing-back and as a winger during his nascent career so far.

Despite being just 19-years-old, he has established himself as a key player for Arsenal and will no doubt become the same for England at international level.

3. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) - €55m

Jude Bellingham
Borussia Dortmund v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

That Birmingham City decided to retire Jude Bellingham's number 22 shirt despite him playing for them for only one season and at a tender age of 16, goes to show how highly rated he is in footballing circles.

He choose to join Borussia Dortmund among other European heavyweights and has continued to impress on a regular basis for them. A superstar in the making.

4. Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes) - €55m

Eduardo Camavinga
Stade Reims v Stade Rennais - Ligue 1 / John Berry/Getty Images

The youngest goalscorer for France in over a century, Eduardo Camavinga is a midfielder who has all the attributes to become a future great. The 18-year-old has been linked with a number of top European clubs, and whoever manages to sign him - they will be getting a permanent fixture in midfield for more than a decade.

5. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) - €50m

Mason Greenwood
Derby County v Manchester United - Pre-Season Friendly / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

The youngest ever goalscorer for Manchester United in European competition, Mason Greenwood has emerged as a future hope for the Red Devils - with the 19-year-old already scoring 29 goals for them so far.

It will be interesting to see how his career pans out considering that he has been tipped to become their main striker in the foreseeable future.