Italian outfit Tuttosport has released the 40 names of nominees for this year’s Golden Boy award.
Nigeria’s Chelsea player Kenneth Omeruo was among those shortlisted for the award.
The defender was ever present for the Nigerian National team as they were crowned African Champions earlier this year.
Sports journalists will decide who wins, with the winner usually announced in December.
In recent years the winner of the Golden Boy Award has often gone on to great things. Isco, Gotze, Balotelli, Aguero & Messi are all former winners as well as Manchester United struggling midfielder Anderson.
Paul Pogba is considered an early favourite but faces stiff competition from the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Julian Draxler, Raphael Varane amongst others.