Three Gambia professional players plying their trade in Europe have been nominated among 16 players of African descent for the 2021 golden Boy awards by Tutto Sports, one of Italy’s leading Newspapers.
Ebrima Darboe, AS Roma wonder Kid, Musa Barrow of Serie A club Bologna on loan from Atalanta, and Bologna sensation Musa Jawara are all nominated for the prestigious sports award making them the first Gambians to be nominated for a major European award.
The Golden Boy award is given to top under 21 football players actively playing in Europe.
The award was established in 2003 by the Italian newspaper TuttoSport, and is awarded by journalists across Europe to the brightest football talents in Europe across two halves of consecutive seasons.
Since its inception, the award has acted as a stamp of approval for a players ability to soar and produce quality sportsmanship.
Most of the past winners have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sports history.
Gambian International Musa Jawara who is making waves in football with his prowess and stamina plays for Bologna with his team mate Musa Barrow who plays as a forward for Serie A club Bologna. Both players are also part of the Gambia national team.
Another Gambian Professional Player, Ebrima Darboe AS ROMA Midfielder plays top-flight football. His story is a near fairy tale as he is the youngest Gambian to play in the European Cup.
The Gambian Trio are nominated along side top players in European leagues including England and Arsenal Youngster, Bukayo Saka, Jude Victor William Bellingham of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the England national team, Tanguy Coulibaly a French professional footballer who plays as a winger for Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart, Myron Boadu, Dutch professional footballer who plays as a striker for Eredivisie team AZ and the Netherlands national team, Georginio Rutter, French Forward, Yunus Dimoara Musah of Spanish Club, Valencia, who plays for US national team, Brian Ebenezer Adjei Brobbey former striker for Eredivisie club Ajax newly signed by Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, Jérémy Doku, forward for Ligue 1 club Rennes and the Belgium national team, Mason Will John Greenwood of Manchester United and England national team, Amad Diallo of premier League club Manchester United and the Ivory Coast national team, Jamal Musiala, Nigerian-German English football player, Nianzou Tanguy-Austin Kouassi, a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, Youssoufa Moukoko
Previous winners of African descent chosen for The Golden Boy awards include Kylian Mbappe, Forward, AS Monaco/Paris Saint-Germain, Renato Sanches, Midfielder, Benfica/Bayern Munich, Anthony Martial, Forward, AS Monaco/Manchester United, Raheem Sterling, Forward, Liverpool, Paul Pogba, Midfielder, Juventus, Mario Balotelli, Forward, Inter Milan/Manchester City.