Borussia Dortmund Forward Erling Haaland Wins 2020 Golden Boy Award

Nov 21, 2020, 10:00 AM GMT
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Haaland has won the 2020 Golden Boy award | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland has been rewarded for his stunning 2019/20 season by being named the 2020 Golden Boy winner.

The Golden Boy is awarded to the best player under the age of 21 across the European domestic top tiers - with previous winners including Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

Erling Braut Haaland
Haaland enjoyed a stunning 2019/20 season | Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

The prize was established by Tuttosport in 2003, and the Italian newspaper revealed that Haaland has been named the recipient of the 2020 award.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a remarkable 2019/20 season, scoring 44 goals in all competitions for RB Salzburg and Dortmund - who he joined in January for €20m.

From his 2019/20 goal tally, 16 came in just 18 appearances for Dortmund following his midseason move, and he has carried on from where he left off this term with 10 goals in 10 outings in all competitions.

Haaland won the prize ahead of an assortment of the world's finest young footballing talent. Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati was second and Bayern Munich full-back Alphonso Davies completed the top three.

Haaland's Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho - the runner up for the award in 2019 - was fourth, with Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga fifth.

Juventus' Dejan Kulusevski was the highest placing Serie A player in sixth, and Manchester City's Phil Foden was flying the flag for the Premier League in seventh. RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, Arsenal full-back Bukayo Saka and Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior completed the top ten.

Manchester City's Ferran Torres and Manchester United's Mason Greenwood placed 11th and 12th respectively.

The list of previous winners is a star studded affair. Prior to Haaland, Atletico Madrid's Félix was the most recent recipient of the award, while Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt became the first defender to win the prize in 2018. Raheem Sterling, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero are all also fellow previous winners.