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Six La Liga candidates for 2013 Golden Boy award

by Tom Conn | Posted on Saturday, October 26th, 2013

The candidates for the annual Golden Boy award have been announced and La Liga is well-represented with six U-21 stars leading the pack.

Raphael Varane

The award, presented by Italian sports daily, Tuttosport, has released their 40-player list, featuring the brightest starlets in world football.

La Liga has six players named to the squad; Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres, Celta Vigo/Barcelona’s Rafinha, Real Madrid’s Jese, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, Sevilla’s Cristoforo and Elche’s Boakye.

The early favourites to win the award are Varane, Juventus’ Paul Pogba and Everton/Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, while others such as Rafinha and Schalke’s Julian Draxler are also expected to be on the short list.

Another name La Liga fans may recognize is that of current AS Monaco midfielder, Geoffrey Kondogbia, who rose to stardom while at Sevilla last season.

Last year’s winner was former Malaga and current Real Madrid star, Isco, who was joined by other past La Liga winners such as; Leo Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero.

The full 40-player list of candidates is as follows:

Richmond Boakye (Elche)

Bruma (Galatasaray)

Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen)

Julian Draxler (Schalke 04)

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (Monaco)

Sebastian Cristoforo (Sevilla)

Lucas Digne (PSG)

Victor Fischer (Ajax)

Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)

Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

Juan Iturbe (Verona)

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

Jese (Real Madrid)

Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco)

Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan)

Diego Laxalt (Bologna)

Nico Lopez (Udinese)

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Adam Maher (PSV)

Lazar Markovic (Benfica)

Marquinhos (PSG)

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht)

Matija Nastasic (Manchester City)

Mbaye Niang (AC Milan)

Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Brayan Perea (Lazio)

Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto)

Josip Radosevic (Napoli)

Rafinha (Celta/Barcelona)

Ante Rebic (Fiorentina)

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal)

Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

Tiago Ilori (Liverpool)

Oliver Torres (Atletico Madrid)

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Tony Vilhena (Feyenoord)

Vitinho (CSKA Moscow)

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