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Two Russians will compete for the award for the best young player in Europe. And also – the legionnaire from “Zenith”

Date: June 18, 2024 Time: 11:16:22

Two Russians will compete for the award for the best young player in Europe. And also – the legionnaire from “Zenith”

Anatoly Romanov June 20, 2023, 20:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Zakharian, Melekhin and Renan: who is closer to the Golden Boy trophy?

Tuttosport has published a list of 100 contenders for the Golden Boy trophy, an award given to the best under-21 player in Europe. Three representatives of the Russian championship were also included in this list. Of the talents playing in the RPL, the jury chose defenders Robert Renan from Zenit and Viktor Melekhin from Rostov, as well as Dynamo midfielder Arsen Zakharyan.

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The highest position in the Tuttosport ranking of this trio is held by Renan: the 19-year-old Brazilian was ranked 34th. Robert ended up in Europe only in January 2023, moving from Corinthians to Zenit. As part of the St. Petersburg club, the central defender won the Russian championship (having played nine games in the RPL), and with the Brazil U-20 team he won the South American championship and played in the 2023 World Cup. In June, Renan left with the Selesao first team to play the friendlies against Guinea and Senegal.

Melekhin became the main central defender for Rostov, which garnered medals until the last days of the championship. Víctor has 24 games in the RPL, 20 of them as a starter. By the way, the head coach of the Russian national team, Valery Karpin, included the 19-year-old defender of his club team among the top three discoveries of the season.

Zakharyan played 27 games in the RPL, scoring four goals and providing seven assists. Many people called the entire season a failure for Arsenio, however, the attacking midfielder became the blue and white’s best assistant and ranked second in the goal + pass system. And according to Whoscored.com statistics, Zakharyan ranks second in the Russian Championship in terms of the number of passes under attack (75), only losing to Spartak’s Quincy Promes. Not bad for a 20-year-old footballer.

Arsen Zakharyan

Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship

Meanwhile, the top 10 of the ranking included players already known in Europe. These are the main candidates for the Golden Boy Award:

Jamal Musiala (Germany, Bayern Munich); Jude Bellingham (England, Borussia D/Real Madrid); Gavi (Spain, Barcelona); Antonio Silva (Portugal, Benfica); Alex Balde (Spain, Barcelona); Xavi Simons (Holland, PSV); Florian Wirtz (Germany, Bayer Leverkusen); Benjamin Seshko (Slovenia, RB Leipzig); Devine Rensch (Netherlands, Ajax); Giorgio Scalvini (Italy, Atalanta”).

The Golden Boy has been awarded by Tuttosport since 2003. The first owner of this trophy was midfielder Rafael van der Wart, who at that time played for Ajax. Then the Dutchman had a fairly successful career: he played for Hamburg, Real, Tottenham and Betis, played 109 matches for the Dutch national team.

In the following years, other future football stars became Golden Boy Award winners: Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Agüero, Anderson, Alexandre Pato, Mario Balotelli, Mario Götze, Isco, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial, Renato. Sanches, Kylian Mbappé, Matthijs de Ligt, Joao Félix, Erling Haaland and Pedri. And last year, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Gavi won the award. He is now also among the candidates for victory, but so far no one has been awarded the Golden Boy more than once.

Young talents from Spain have won this award most often: four times. Three trophies from the representatives of France, the Dutch, the British, the Argentines, the Brazilians and the Portuguese took the award twice each, the players from Italy, Germany and Norway took one each.

So far, RPL players have unfortunately stuck to the top 100, like this year. For example, in 2016 Alexander Golovin from CSKA entered the top 100 Golden Boys, and in 2021 Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who was playing at that time for Rubin.

As for the clubs represented by the Golden Boy winners, Manchester United and Barcelona are in the lead. Its players have won the award three times. Ajax, Atlético, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Benfica each have two awards. Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal, Milan, Inter, Malaga, Juventus, Bayern and PSG each have one. There are so many teams because in some seasons the players played for two clubs.

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Traditionally, the Golden Boy Award winner is announced in October-November or December. Before that, the list of contenders for victory will be reduced. So Renan, Zakharyan and Melekhin still have time to improve their rating.

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