Eleven Bundesliga players and four German talents remain in contention for Tuttosport's "Golden Boy" award after the lists of nominees was slashed down to 40 candidates on Thursday.
German players still in contention after the latest round of cuts include Jamal Musiala (FC Bayern München), Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Jan Thielmann (1. FC Köln), and Ansgar Knauff (Eintracht Frankfurt). Luca Netz (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Lazar Samardzic (Udinese), and Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund) have been dropped.
Mario Götze remains the only German player to have ever won the award. The current Eintracht professional collected the prize in 2011. The last Bundesliga player to take the award was Dortmund's Erling Haaland (Norway) back in 2020. Dortmund's Jude Bellingham (England) remains one of the big favorites to win this time, though Musiala should also be considered a strong candidate.
The list of Bundesliga 11 professionals still alive:
Jude Bellingham (Dortmund, England)
Karim Adeyemi (Dortmund, Germany)
Giovanni Reyna (Dortmund, USA)
Jamal Musiala (Bayern, Germany)
Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern, Holland)
Mathys Tel (Bayern, France)
Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig, Croatia)
Piero Hincapie (Leverkusen, Ecuador)
Ansgar Knauff (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany)
Kiliann Sildillia (SC Freiburg, France)
Jan Thielmann (1. FC Köln, Germany)