Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland has been named the 2020 Golden Boy award winner.
Haaland beat out competition from runner-up Barcelona forward Ansu Fati to win the award. Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies came in third, while Jadon Sancho, Haaland’s teammate in Dortmund, came in fourth. Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes came in fifth place.
Juventus’ Dejan Kulusevski, Manchester City’s Phil Foden, FC Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. rounded out the top 10.
A stellar list of 40 names was released in October that included Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and American international Sergino Dest after an impressive campaign at Ajax prior to his move to Barcelona.
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The award, presented by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport, pays tribute to the best young player in Europe of the calendar year.
Your 2020 Golden Boy Award Winner:
⭐️ ERRRRRLIIINNNGG HAAAALAAND ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/hphdKojUtd
– Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) November 21, 2020
Previous winners include Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Kylian Mbappé, and Atlético de Madrid forward Joao Félix claimed the award last year. Haaland is the first Scandinavian player to win it.
Haaland came to Dortmund from FC Salzburg in January after a spectacular start to the season in which he scored 28 goals in 22 games. He scored eight goals when the Austrian team exited the Champions League in the group stage.
He scored a hat trick on his Champions League debut as well as goals in each of his first five outings and became the highest-scoring teenager in the competition in a single season.
The 20-year-old continued his incredible form with another hat-trick on his Dortmund goal, helping Lucien Favre’s side come back from 3-1 to beat Augsburg 5-3.
Haaland finished the last campaign with 29 goals in all competitions and was sixth in the race for the European Golden Boot, at the level of Messi. He has scored 11 goals in 11 games for Dortmund in all competitions so far this season.