Winning the Golden Boy award may not guarantee a long, illustrious career in the game – but it’s a sign that you’re on the right track.
The prize, which was established by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport in 2003, has been secured by some of football’s biggest names down the years.
Lionel Messi (of course) is one of 17 winners to date, while Atletico Madrid and Portugal forward Joao Felix is the current holder after enjoying a stellar 2019 which culminated in a £113 million move to the Spanish capital.
But how many other youngsters who had their praises sung from the rooftops can you name?
Not everybody went on to claim a place in the pantheon, some peaked in their teenage years and then flattered to deceive. Others are still on the rise, bidding to write themselves into the history books.
We’ve already given you two answers (if you’ve been paying attention) so we’re expecting some high scores….