Tonight sees the annual TVSA in Monte Carlo, Monaco, which is a prestigious event to recognise the innovation and excellence in the sports media industry. In its second year the sell-out event will also be paying host to the Golden Boy award.
The international Golden Boy Award, established in 2003 by the Turin Daily; Tuttosport, will be presented during the evening to recognise and award a talented young footballer under 21 years old (registered with a European club in the top division) who has best established himself in the past year.
The winner of the Golden Boy award is chosen by renowned sports journalists from twenty of the most influential European magazines. The winner’s name will be one of the following six outstanding young players (in alphabetical order); Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern), Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) and Renato Sanches (FC Bayern).
Previous winners of the award include Paul Pogba (2013), Lionel Messi (2005), Wayne Rooney (2004) and Cesc Fabregas (2006) who were teenagers when they received the award and today they are all global superstars in their own right. The TVSA aspires to be a leading platform to unite and celebrate the sport media industry making it an ideal occasion to host the Golden Boy awards.
Not only does the TVSA celebrate legends in the industry, but it highlights the power of sport for social good as all funds raised at the event are for the Play for Change charity, which helps to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities through sport and education.
Andrea Radrizzani, founder of the Play for Change charity says ‘We are thrilled to be collaborating with TuttoSport and hosting the Golden Boy award at the TV Sports Awards. Uniting the industry and providing an occasion to celebrate sporting talent is exactly what the TVSA aims to do. Recognising young football stars provides them with huge amount of encouragement and ambition, and demonstrates the life-changing power of sport. We are keen for as many from the industry to participate in the event so together we can make TVSA a global, iconic event and to raise more funds for social initiatives across the world.’
This year the TV Sports Awards will have the presence of some sporting greats; Mario Cipollini, one of the most successful cyclists of all time; the renowned football coach Fabio Capello, who has had a fantastic and influential career; Flavio Briatore, Formula One manager and successful global entrepreneur; and Spanish TV presenter Laura Barriales.
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