Atalanta defender Giorgio Scalvini is the only Italian and Serie A representative in the list of European Golden Boy nominees, while Sassuolo forward Chiara Beccari and Barcelona Femeni midfielder Giulia Dragoni are both included on the list for the Golden Girl award.

Both Scalvini and Beccari are home-based, playing in Serie A and Serie A Femminile, respectively, while Dragoni is one of the hottest young talents in Italian football and is learning her trade at Barcelona. At 16, Dragoni was included in the Italy Women’s National Team squad for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

To qualify for the European Golden Boy/Girl prizes, which are presented by Tuttosport, players must be under the age of 21 and play in the top tier of a European nation.

Giorgio Scalvini the only Italian/Serie A representative on the European Golden Boy shortlist

Giorgio Scalvini celebrates scoring for Atalanta with teammates. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Scalvini has been impressing under Gian Piero Gasperini at Atalanta for a while now, so much so that the Nerazzurri boss has even used him in midfield at times when faced with availability problems. It was a composed finish to seal a big away win for Atalanta at AS Roma in 2022/23 that grabbed the attention outside of Bergamo.

Since, he has become a regular with La Dea and for the Italy Men’s National Team as well, first under Roberto Mancini and now under Luciano Spalletti. This season, the centre-back has scored in the Europa League for the Bergamo side.

Scalvini‘s former Atalanta teammate Rasmus Hojlund is also on the 25-player shortlist.

2023 European Golden Boy shortlist

  • Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)
  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
  • Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig)
  • Antonio Silva (Benfica)
  • Alejandro Balde (Barcelona)
  • Benjamin Sesko (RB Leipzig)
  • Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta)
  • Rasmus Hojlund (Manchester United)
  • Levi Colwill (Chelsea)
  • Johan Bakayoko (PSV Eindhoven)
  • Milos Kerkez (Bournemouth)
  • Arthur Vermeeren (Antwerp)
  • Evan Ferguson (Brighton)
  • Lucas Gourna-Douath (RB Salzburg)
  • Warren Zaire-Emery (PSG)
  • Ousmane Diomande (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
  • Arnau Martinez (Girona)
  • Mathys Tel (Bayern Munich)
  • Andy Diouf (Lens)
  • Arda Guler (Real Madrid)
  • Bilal El Khannouss (Genk)
  • Martin Baturina (Dinamo Zagreb)
  • Joao Neves (Benfica)
  • Lamine Yamal (Barcelona)

Chiara Beccari and Giulia Dragoni nominated for European Golden Girl

Both Beccari and Dragoni were included in the Azzurre squad at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and both played more than many had expected them to. How involved they were came as a surprise as each of the two only debuted for Italy in the final warm-up game against Morocco before setting off for New Zealand.

Having earned her place in the squad with an impressive 2022/23 season on loan at Como Women, Beccari has since joined Sassuolo on loan from Juventus for the 2023/24 campaign.

Dragoni, meanwhile, had never made a competitive first-team appearance for Barcelona before her call-up, but had managed a handful of games with Inter before being signed by the Catalans. She has since been handed a first-team squad number for the 2023/24 season with Barcelona.

2023 European Golden Girl shortlist

  • Chiara Beccari (Sassuolo, on loan from Juventus)
  • Esmee Brugts (Barcelona)
  • Giulia Dragoni (Barcelona)
  • Linda Caicedo (Real Madrid)
  • Vicky Becho (Lyon)
  • Mary Fowler (Manchester City)
  • Laurina Fazer (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Kathrine Moller (Arsenal)
  • Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona)
  • Vicky Lopez (Barcelona)