OFFICIAL: 16-year-old Lamine Yamal wins the Youngest Award at Golden Boy 2023.
Barcelona’s quest for a hat-trick of Golden Boy Award victories, following Pedri and Gavi’s successes in 2021 and 2022, was thwarted this year by Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham, who claimed the prestigious honor.
However, Barcelona did not leave the Golden Boy Awards empty-handed, as their teenage prodigy, Lamine Yamal, received ‘The Youngest’ award. This specific award recognizes the youngest footballer ever to make it onto the podium for the Golden Boy Award.
Yamal, at just 16 years of age, made it to the final list of Golden Boy nominees due to his impressive performances with Barcelona and the Spanish national team. The acknowledgment of ‘The Youngest’ award adds to the accolades for the budding talent at Barcelona.
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyAwards) November 17, 2023
Having made his senior breakthrough towards the end of the last season, Yamal has solidified his position as a first-team regular under coach Xavi, even netting his first goal for Barcelona.
The teenage winger’s remarkable progress extends beyond club football, as he has successfully broken into the Spanish national team, scoring two goals in just three matches.
Given his early achievements and potential, it is noteworthy that Yamal could be a strong contender for the Golden Boy Award in the next four editions. Many anticipate that the teenager will likely secure the prestigious honor in the coming years.
In addition to Yamal’s rising star, Barcelona Femeni superstar Aitana Bonmati was recognized with the Golden Player Woman Award for 2023, underscoring the club’s excellence across genders and age groups.