Gallery: Where Are the Winners of the Best Young Player of Recent Years?

Gavi took home the most recent award for best youngster of the year. Where do the latest Golden Boy winners play? Have they met expectations?

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LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández

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Pablo Martín Páez Gavira, better known as Gavi, is the new monarch of the award for the best young man in the world in soccer. The skilled player of Barcelona and the Spanish National Team has a promising future. As well as his squad and national teammate, Pedri is another winner of the award, precisely the one from last year. But beyond these accolades, how accurate are they in determining the future talent of young players?

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Gavi is today the most valuable player under the age of 18, according to Transfermarkt. But does the Golden Boy bode well for his professional future? This is the news of the last 10 winners of the Ballon d'Or for the best youngster (Golden Boy) in recent years.

Among other Golden Boys of the past, Mario Balotelli, Mario Götze, Wayne Rooney, Rafael van der Vaart, Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Alexandre Pato, among others stand out. Many of these are legends, but some others remained prospects.

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