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From Arsenal to the Armenian Championship. Golden Boy – 2013: what happened to them?

Date: March 1, 2024 Time: 23:44:33

The Golden Boy is a Tuttosport award given annually to the best young player in the world. In 2013, Paul Pogba received it, and the top ten nominees, for example, were Romelu Lukaku and Adnan Januzaj. Each career has developed in its own way: someone became a world champion, and someone spent several years without a club. Let’s see what happened to the best talents in the world after ten years.

Pablo Pogba

After moving to Italy, the Manchester United graduate was a key player at Juventus: in all seasons except his debut, Paul scored more than 20 effective actions. Fans admired the Frenchman’s talent, and United, in search of former greatness, returned the midfielder for a record 105 million euros.

In England, Pogba started very well, won several trophies, but left with scandals. Paul’s second stay in Manchester was remembered more for the memes with the number of hairstyles than for the achievements in the game.

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Last summer, the Frenchman returned to Turin but missed most of the season due to injuries. And the other day, having started for the first time in 390 days, Paul was injured again and, according to the Italian press, he will not play again this season.

Fields cannot be called a disappointment – he won the World Cup, played for the best clubs, showed an excellent game. But there is a feeling that injuries and character from him prevented him from becoming one of the best – there was potential for this.

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Romelu Lukaku

Romelu already belonged to Chelsea in 2013, but played for West Brom and Everton. These loans are the key to making Romelu one of the most promising players in the world.

Romelu scored all over the place. At Everton, he scored more than 20 goals each season after a full transition from Chelsea. At Manchester United, with Mourinho, he was a key attacking player. At Inter, he created a great group with Lautaro Martínez. However, after returning to Chelsea, he did not play, he had to return to Italy. Lukaku now holds the record for total career transfer costs, with clubs paying around €340m for him.

Lukaku is a top striker, but instability has prevented him from joining the ranking of the best players in the world so far. But there is a chance to lift the Champions League trophy this season – it was not without his help that Inter finished in the final.

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julian draxler

Julian at the time of the start of his career was the fourth youngest debutant in the history of the Bundesliga and the first in the history of Schalke. The Gelsenkirchen protégé became a leader in a few seasons, then went to Wolfsburg to replace Kevin De Bruyne. He didn’t stay there for long: he asked for a transfer and went to PSG.

Julián is a world champion and finalist in the Champions League. This is the dream of many, but the German was not the key to these achievements. Draxler’s career was hampered by controversial decisions: from Wolfsburg he was able to leave for a less stellar team, but he opted for PSG, where he never became the main team, although at times he was seen. Now that Iulian is on loan at Benfica, the journey is not very successful for the player: 18 games, two goals. With the future of the once talented German, nothing is clear.

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Rafael Varane

Rafael Varane’s career has developed in the best possible way. At Real Madrid, where he stayed until 2021, the Frenchman won four Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three Leagues, three European Super Cups and one Copa del Rey. His connection with Sergio Ramos will be remembered for a long time.

Varan continues to be among the best defenders in the world. At Manchester United, first with Solskjaer and Rangnick, and now with ten Hague, he is the main player, not lost in the Premier League. Also, together with Pogba in 2018, Rafael became world champion. What else can you dream of?

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In 2013, the young Brazilian only went from Roma to PSG, from which he has not left until now. Marquinhos in Paris immediately became the main one, and after the departure of Thiago Silva he received the captain’s armband.

Not everything goes well for the Brazilian in the national team: he did not reach the World Cup at home, in Russia and Qatar did not help avoid relegation. In general, Marquinhos realized the title of talent from him, he is one of the best defenders in the world, but he was not tested outside of France in his prime, although he had the possibility to go to Chelsea or Barcelona.

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Yaya Sanogo

Pupil of “Auxerre” – the main failure. After a great season in 2012/2013, Sanogo ended up at Arsenal, ranking in the top ten most promising players on the planet and earning comparisons with Thierry Henry.

In London, Yaya’s main highlight was poker in the Emirates Cup pre-season tournament match against Benfica. The Frenchman was unable to play with Wenger. Then there were a series of loan spells at Ajax, Charlton, Crystal Palace and a full transfer to Toulouse, where he spent the last glittering season of his career.

In 2021, Sanogo visited Huddersfield, after which he was without a team for two years. As a result, Yaya ended up in Armenian Urartu, for which he has yet to play a single match.

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Adnan Januzaj

Adnan fired as suddenly as it went out. David Moyes gave the young Belgian a chance, which he took advantage of and compared him to Wayne Rooney. However, after the arrival of Louis van Gaal, the young footballer left and even the loan to Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland did not help.

In 2017, the winger went to Real Sociedad, where he managed to revive his career. Adnan spent five years there, after which he moved to Seville; here he no longer worked. Januzaj currently plays for Istanbul Basaksehir on loan and he is likely to stay in Turkey after this season.

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Another “new Ronaldo” that did not live up to expectations. In 2013, Bruma impressed at the U-20 World Cup: he scored five goals in four games and took the Silver Boot. The Sporting lawyer did not hide the fact that he admires Cristiano, but instead of Premier League clubs, he chose Galatasaray.

Subsequently, Bruma managed to play in Leipzig, PSV, Real Sociedad, Fenerbahce and Olympiacos. The most successful season for the Portuguese is 2016/2017 with Galatasaray: 11+9 in 37 games. Now the winger is dragging Braga to the Champions League.

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victor fisherman

The Dane chose Ajax at the age of 16, although giants like Chelsea and Manchester City were interested in him. Víctor did not fail with the choice: in 2013 he had an impressive season, in which he scored 12 goals and seven assists. The winger was named Talent of the Year at the club. They believed in him even after the injury, which is why he missed more than a year.

In 2016 Fischer needed a new challenge and he went to Middlesbrough. Then his career began to decline: a flight to the Championship, a transfer to Mainz, and then a return to his homeland, to Copenhagen. In Denmark, Victor gave several brilliant seasons and went to Antwerp – Fischer was no longer useful there for the second season and now plays on loan at the Swedish AIK.

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Mauro Icardi

Mauro’s career is not a flop compared to some of the players above. The Barcelona graduate went to Sampdoria at the age of 18, where a few years later he had a powerful season with 10 goals and was promoted to Inter.

The period in Milan was the peak of his career: in six years he scored 124 goals. Moving to PSG now seems like a mistake, although in Paris Icardi scored a lot. His career, however, is more linked to scandals: most of them are in a confrontation with his wife and his part-time agent, Wanda Nara. Mauro spends this season at Galatasaray, where he most often remembers the times of Inter. He maybe he will return to the top championship.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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