Pedri and Eric Garcia on long list of Golden Boy Awards nominees
The Italian magazine “Tuttosport” has named the 40 finalists for its “Golden Boy” award for the most talented young player under 21 for the year 2021. Barça players Pedri and Eric Garcia are part of the long list of candidates.
Created in 2003, the award sees the list of 40 names cropped from the list of 100 men released in July. On October 15, the magazine will announce another slate, this time of just 20 applicants.
Last year Barca striker Ansu Fati finished second in the Golden Boy award behind Norwegian striker Erling Haaland. However, Ansu won the Golden Boy Web Award chosen by the website users. The awards ceremony will take place in Turin, Italy, in mid-December.
Pedro among the main candidates
The 18-year-old midfielder Pedri burst onto the scene in 2021, becoming a fixture at Barca and also on the international stage with Spain the recent European Championships and winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
If the teenager claimed the prize, he would be the second Blaugrana to win after Leo Messi won in 2003.
Eric Garcia also included
After a slow start to the year with his former club Manchester City, Eric Garcia was included in the 40-man roster after competing in the European Championships and the Olympic Games as well and for Barca at the start of the 2021 season / 22.
On the list of 40 men is also a former blaugrana Ilaix Moriba who left Barca for RB Leipzig last month.