Haaland, Fati and Sancho lead 2020 Golden Boy award list

The final 20-man list for the 2020 Golden Boy award has been released, with Haaland, Sancho and Ansu Fati leading the race for the best U-21 player on the planet.

Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Ansu Fati are on top of the final 20-name shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award.

The prize which is dedicated to recognizing the best players on the planet under the age of 21 from the top tier leagues in Europe was won by Atlético Madrid’s Joao Felix last year.

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Haaland is considered the favorite by many to land the award after enjoying a superb individual season last term where he scored 44 goals across all competitions.

Haaland, Fati and Sancho lead 2020 Golden Boy award list
Erling Haaland [Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images]

The Norwegian scored 16 goals in 18 appearances for Dortmund after completing a mid season transfer from Salzburg.

Only Lewandowski had a better goal per minute ratio (81.2) than Haaland (81.7) in the Bundesliga last season.

Haaland’s Dortmund teammate Sancho also enjoyed a superb season last term after ending the season with 17 league goals and 16 assists.

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He became the first player to also contribute at least 15 goals and 15 assists in the same season since Opta began collecting detailed data collection in 2004.

Sancho’s prolific campaign saw him become the youngest player (20 years, two months and six days old) in the history of the Bundesliga to reach 30 career goals.

Haaland, Fati and Sancho lead 2020 Golden Boy award list
Jadon Sancho [Photo by Jörg Schüler/Bongarts/Getty Images]

Despite their impressive numbers, Haaland and Sancho face stiff competition from Fati, who became the third-youngest player (16 years, 304 days old) to find the net in LaLiga history and the youngest of all time in the Champions League (17 years, 40 days).

He finished the season with eight goals in all competitions and has continued his rise this term, netting three times in as many LaLiga games and becoming the youngest player to score for Spain.

Alphonso Davies will also be in contention after establishing himself as one of the top left-backs in the game during Bayern Munich’s treble-winning season.

Ansu Fati [Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images]

The full 20-man 2020 Golden Boy award list:

Mitchel Bakker (Paris Saint-Germain), Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), Jonathan David (Lille), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Sergino Dest (Barcelona), Fabio Silva (Wolves), Ansu Fati (Barcelona), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Dominik Szoboszlai (Salzburg), Sandro Tonali (Milan), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).

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