Italian sports daily, Tuttosport, announced Thibaut Courtois and Isco as two of the three finalists for its tenth annual Golden Boy award.
The Golden Boy award, which honors one active footballer in a first division European club under the age of 21, will be presented to one of three contenders which include Isco (Málaga CF), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid), and Stephan Al Shaarawy (AC Milan).
Isco, who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Andalusian club, has been an instrumental part of the team’s success this season with 20 starts and five goals, two of which in the Champions League. The 20 year old was also named the La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year 2012.
20-year-old Belgian international, Thibaut Courtois was loaned to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea in the summer of 2011 and has since become the first choice keeper for Los Colchoneros after the departure of David De Gea. This past August, Courtois faced off against his former club and walked away victorious as Atletico Madrid defeated Chelsea in a 4-1 win in the European Super Cup.
Currently the top scorer in Serie A, Stephan Al Shaarawy hold ten goals to his name thus far in the season for AC Milan. The 20-year-old Italian international of Egyptian descent became the club’s youngest goal scorer in the Champions League when he netted the decisive goal against Zenit on October 3.
30 journalists from the top sporting publications across Europe from over 20 countries vote the on Golden Boy award. The winner is to be announced at a December ceremony in Turin, Italy.
This article was originally published on InsideSpanishFootball.com on Nov. 28, 2012.