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Mohammed Kudus shortlisted for Golden Boy Award

Ghanaian international, Kudus Mohammed has been shortlisted for the 2020 Golden Boy Award.

The Nordsjaelland wonder kid made the shortlist of players under the age 21 vying for the prestigious award due to his impressive form in the Danish Superliga this season.

The award initiated by Italian newspaper Tuttosport rewards the best young player (under the age of 21) in Europe.

The first edition of the award was staged in 2003, which Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart won. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero are past winners of the award.

The paper on Monday announced this year’s list of 100, which will be whittled down over the coming months until the winner is announced.

Among the shortlisted are Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Braut Haaland;  Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea; Jadon Sancho, Curtis Jones, Alphonso Davies, and others.

Kudus impressive performance at FC Nordsjaelland in the 2019/20 season, has landed him on the transfer radar of some top European clubs, including Lazio, Everton, Sampdoria, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Fenerbahce and Stade Rennes, Manchester City and Liverpool.

He has featured in both U17 and U20 teams of Ghana.

He earned his first a call-up to the senior national team of Ghana where he scored on his debut for the senior national team of Ghana against South Africa in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations last November.

Full shortlisted players for the award below;

Maximilian James Aarons (Norwich), Abel Ruiz (Braga), Karim-David Adeyemi (RB Salzburg) Yacine Adli (Bordeaux), Lucien Agoumé (Inter Milan), Marley Ake (Marseille), Faustino Anjorin (Chelsea), Ethan Ampadu (RB Leipzig)

Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Adil Aouchiche (PSG), Benoît Badiashile (Monaco, Mitchel Bakker (PSG), Myron Boadu (AZ), Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), Rayan Cherki (OL), Facundo Colidio (Sint-Truiden), David Colina (Hajduk Split), Trae Bailey Coyle (Arsenal)

Leon Dajaku (Bayern Munich), Jonathan David (La Gantoise), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Karamoko Dembele (Celtic), Sergino Dest (Ajax), Tiago Djalo (Lille)

Sebastiano Esposito (Inter Milan), Fabio Silva (FC Porto), Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Lyle Foster (Circles Bruges, Monaco)

Eric Garcia (Manchester City), James Garner (Manchester United), Zeljko Gavric (Red Star Belgrade), Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord), Willem Geubbels (Monaco), Morgan Anthony Gibbs-White (Wolves)

Bryan Salvatierra Gil (Leganés), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), Claudio Gomes (PSV, Manchester City), Matias Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), Lorenzo Gonzalez (St. Gallen)

Amine Gouiri (Lyon), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Erling Braut Haland (Borussia Dortmund), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)

Mohamed Amine Ihattaren (PSV), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Ozan Muhammed Kabak (Schalke 04), Mamadou Kaly Sène (Juventus), Takefusa Kubo (Mallorca, Real Madrid), Dejan Kulusevski (Parma, Juventus), Diego Lainez (Betis), Yasser Larouci (Liverpool), Kang-in Lee (Valencia FC), Daniel Maldini (AC Milan)

Felix Khonde Mambimbi (YB Bern), Antonio Marin (Dinamo Zagreb), Svetozar Markovic (Larisa), Alejandro José Méndez Marques (Juventus), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Loïc Mbe Soh (PSG)

Juan Miranda (Schalke 04, FC Barcelona), Nehuén Pérez (Famalicão, Atlético de Madrid), Jean-Claude Junior Wa Dimbonda Ntenda (Juventus), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Paulinho (Bayer Leverkusen), Strahinja Pavlovic (Partizan, AS Monaco), Pedro Neto (Wolves)

Eduardo Quaresma (Sporting CP), Rafael Camacho (Sporting CP), Reinier (Real Madrid),Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alessio Riccardi (AS Roma), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Ionut-Casian Rus (CFR Cluj)

Thomas Sabitzer (LASK), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), William Saliba (St Etienne), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham), Sergio Gomez (Borussia Dortmund)

Oliver Skipp (Tottenham), Mathías Soulé (Juventus), Yukinari Sugawara (AZ), Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg), Tomás Tavarez (Benfica), Tetê (Shakhtar Donetsk), Tiago Lopes (FC Porto), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Ferrán Torres (Valencia FC)

Amad Diallo Traoré (Atalanta), Hamed Junior Traoré (Sassuolo), Lassina Traoré (Ajax), Heorhiy Tsitaishvili (Dynamo Kiev), Sepp van den Berg (Liverpool), Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid), Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina).

 

 

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