The award is for the best U21 player registered with a European club, and despite being just 18, Rashford has a reasonable chance of winning it. Last year’s winner was Antony Martial and Paul Pogba won the award in 2013.
Brazilian midfielder Anderson was 2008’s Golden Boy, at a time when him winning the award wasn’t a surprise, and Wayne Rooney picked it up back in 2004.
Tuttosport have been running the award for 14 years now, and they proudly dub it the Ballon d’Or alternative for U21 players. No club have have had as many players win the Golden Boy award as Manchester United.
The Old Trafford club have had three winners, not including Pogba, and no other club has managed to get more than one. Should Rashford win the award, and he’s up against stiff competition, then Manchester United’s four wins will see the club standout even more in the history of the Golden Boy award.
There are 40 nominations in total, Rashford’s strongest competition is likely to come from players such as Renato Sanches, Kingsley Coman, Marco Asensio, Ousmane Dembélé, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Gabigol, Leroy Sane and Dele Alli.
The award is decided by a panel of journalists who specialise in European football.