The Last 5 Golden Boy Award Winners Before Erling Haaland and Where They Are Now

Nov 25, 2020, 1:16 PM GMT+5:30
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Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe have won the Golden Boy award in the past | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images
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Borussia Dortmund starlet, Erling Haaland was recently awarded the Golden Boy award for the year 2020, with the 20-year-old winning the honour for his brilliant performances for both RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

However, who were the last five youngsters who won the award before Haaland and where are they now? Let's take a look.

1. Anthony Martial (2015)

Anthony Martial
Manchester United v İstanbul Basaksehir: Group H - UEFA Champions League | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Anthony Martial won the Golden Boy award in 2015 when he was widely considered as one of the best youngsters in the world and was starring for AS Monaco. However, he soon made the move to Manchester United where he took time to settle and now has developed into a very good player as seen by the 73 goals he has scored for them so far.

2. Renato Sanches (2016)

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Portugal v Andorra - International Friendly | Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Renato Sanches came to everyone's attention after he starred for Benfica and Portugal with his performances earning him the award in 2016. That led to a big-money move to Bayern Munich, but he struggled to replicate his form and is now currently plying his trade in France for Lille.

3. Kylian Mbappe (2017)

Kylian Mbappé
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Kylian Mbappe is considered by many to be next big superstar in football and he has already achieved that status by starring for Paris Saint-Germain, while also leading France to the 2018 World Cup title. The striker who is only 21-years-old has already netted 99 goals in just 130 appearances for PSG, while scoring 16 goals in 39 appearances for his country.

4. Matthijs de Ligt (2018)

Matthijs de Ligt
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Hailed as one of the best defenders of the world despite being only 21-years-old, Matthijs de Ligt starred for Ajax before making a move to Juventus where he has become indispensable to them. Big things are expected from the Dutchman, with the defender expected to remain a cornerstone of the defence for both club and country.

5. Joao Felix (2019)

Joao Felix
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That Atletico Madrid broke their club-record transfer fee to sign Joao Felix from Benfica for €126million, just goes to show how highly valued he was and after a middling first season, the youngster has shown why they spent the money for him by taking the league by storm in the 2020/21 campaign. Another player who has been touted to win the Ballon d'Or award in the future.

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