Individual accolades in football is a concept that certainly splits opinion.
Some may state that individual players shouldn’t be rewarded when there are 10 other players in each team that help them reach their goals, while others are happy that the best players are being recognised for their incredible ability.
The most renowned individual award in football is the Ballon d’Or, which has been dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since 2008.
But before players reach the standard to be considered for this infamous accolade, there is another award they aim to win in the early stage of the career. That is, of course, the UEFA Golden Boy Award.
A look at the previous winners of the award, which was established by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport in 2003, shows that the winners usually go on to have incredible careers - although there are some notable exceptions.
The likes of Messi (2005), Sergio Aguero (2007) and Paul Pogba (2013) have all lifted the trophy - while Anderson (2008), Alexandre Pato (2009) and Mario Balotelli (2010) have failed to fulfil their potential after being voted the UEFA Golden Boy.
And UEFA have now announced the 40 hot prospects that will compete for the 2016 award - and it includes seven Premier League players.
With the three previous winners - Pogba, Raheem Sterling and Anthony Martial all currently starring in the Premier League - the likes of Marcus Rashford, Kelechi Iheanacho and Dele Alli will be hoping to bring the trophy back to England again.
But those three face tough competition from around Europe as there are 37 other incredible talented players vying for the award.
To be nominated, you must be under 21-years-old from the start of the calendar year and be registered to a European club.
Here is the complete list of nominees:
Leon Bailey | Club: Ghent
Youri Tielemans | Club: Anderlecht
Julian Brandt | Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Andreas Christensen | Club: Borussia Monchengladbach
Kingsley Coman | Club: Bayern Munich
Mahmoud Dahoud | Club: Borussia Monchengladbach
Ousmane Dembélé | Club: Borussia Dortmund
Breel Embolo | Club: Schalke
Alen Halilovic | Club: Hamburg
Renato Sanches | Club: Bayern Munich
Jonathan Tah | Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Ante Coric | Club: Dinamo Zagreb
Riechedley Bazoer | Club: Ajax
Nathan | Club: Vitesse
Jairo Riedewald | Club: Ajax
Marco Asensio | Club: Real Madrid
Carlos Fernández | Club: Sevilla
Lucas Hernández | Club: Atlético Madrid
Tonny Sanabria | Club: Real Betis
Gabriel Boschilia | Club: Monaco
Emmanuel Mammana | Club: Lyon
Almamy Touré | Club: Monaco
Gonçalo Guedes | Club: Benfica
Ruben Neves | Club: Porto
Leroy Sané | Club: Manchester City
Dele Alli | Club: Tottenham
Demarai Gray | Club: Leicester City
Marko Grujic | Club: Liverpool
Kelechi Iheanacho | Club: Manchester City
Alex Iwobi | Club: Arsenal
Ruben Loftus-Cheek | Club: Chelsea
Marcus Rashford | Club: Manchester United
Aleksandr Golovin | Club: CSKA Moscow
Moussa Dembélé | Club: Celtic
Amadou Diawara | Club: Napoli
Gianluigi Donnarumma | Club: AC Milan
Gabriel Barbosa | Club: Inter Milan
Olivier Ntcham | Club: Genoa
Viktor Kovalenko | Club: Shakhtar Donetsk
Newspapers vote for the winner of the award and they include Bild (Germany), Blick (Switzerland), A Bola (Portugal), l'Équipe (France), France Football (France), Marca (Spain), Mundo Deportivo (Spain), Ta Nea (Greece), Sport Express (Russia), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), and The Times (United Kingdom).
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