AIPS / TURIN: Jude Bellingham is already on the international awards trail after the England and Real Madrid midfielder received the Golden Boy award to the best under-21 player of the year.

The award, organised since 2003 by the Turin sports newspaper Tuttosport, has not only brought to the fore talents who have gone on to major careers – for example Leo Messi in 2005, Paul Pogba in 2013, Kylian MbappĂ© in 2017 and Erling Haaland in 2020 – but has also expanded to involve all sectors of football.

Thus, in 2023, Linda Caicedo was named the Golden Girl, Edu Gaspar recognised as the best manager and Giorgio Scalvini as Italian Golden Boy.

Bellingham led Jamal Musiala of Bayern and Lamine Yamal of Barcelona in the rankings.