Ansu Fati was included in the final shortlist for the Golden Boy award which consists of 20 young players from all over Europe, Tuttosport report. Jean-Clair Todibo was part of the extended 100-men list but didn’t make the final cut, unfortunately.
The 16-year-old will compete with the likes of Atletico’s Joao Felix whose transfer from Benfica cost a whooping €126 million, as well as last year’s winner Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) and England international Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund).
Real Madrid players Vicius Junior, Rodrygo and loaned-out Andriy Lunin have also been included.
The full list goes as follows:
- Matthijs de Ligt (20) – Juventus
- Alphonso Davies (18) – Bayern Munich
- Gianluigi Donnarumma (20) – AC Milan
- Ansu Fati (16) – Barcelona
- Phil Foden (19) – Man City
- Matteo Guendouzi (20) – Arsenal
- Erling Braut Haaland (19) – RB Salzburg
- Kai Havertz (20) – Bayer Leverkusen
- Joao Felix (19) – Atletico Madrid
- Dejan Joveljic (20) – Eintracht Frankfurt
- Moise Kean (19) – Everton
- Lee Kang-in (18) – Valencia
- Andriy Lunin (20) – Real Madrid
- Donyell Malen (20) – PSV
- Mason Mount (20) – Chelsea
- Rodrygo (18) – Real Madrid
- Jadon Sancho (19) – Borussia Dortmund
- Ferran Torres (19) – Valencia
- Vinicius Junior (19) – Real Madrid
- Nicolo Zaniolo (20) – Roma
The winner will be announced on December 16 after a vote by a panel of 40 journalists from such outlets as Marca, Bild, the Telegraph, A Bola and more. Fans can also cast their vote.
So far this season, the fresh Spain U21 international has made six appearances for Blaugrana, scoring two goals and providing one assist. Ansu is the youngest ever goalscorer in the club’s history as well as the youngest player to feature in the Champions League.