Erling Haaland graced the Tuttosport front page on Saturday as the best player aged 21 or under in the top European leagues.
Dortmund’s Striker Haaland has won the 2020 Golden boy award
Erling Haaland graced the Tuttosport front page on Saturday as the best player 21 or under in the top European leagues.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, named the 2020 Golden Boy winner, has been rewarded for his outstanding accomplishments.
Golden Boy prize, sponsored by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport and won last year by Portuguese star Joao Felix, is awarded to the best player in the top league in Europe aged 21 or under.
And Norway's international player graced Tuttosport's front page on Saturday, beating fellow Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho, Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies, Manchester United, Mason Greenwood, and Barcelona's Ansu Fati.
Haaland scored 44 goals in all competitions in 2019-20 – 16 of those were scored in 18 matches after a mid-season transfer from Austrian club Salzburg to Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund.
Among all Bundesliga players last season to have scored at least 10 goals, only the Bavarian star Robert Lewandowski (81.2) has a better minutes-per-goal record than Haaland (81.7)
Haaland has six goals in as many Bundesliga games for the Dortmund second place on table last season.
In three Champions League fixtures in 2020-21, the 20-year-old Haaland has scored four times, bringing his tally to 11 goals from 11 matches in all competitions.
Haaland appears to be linked to a blockbuster move from Dortmund to Real Madrid the LaLiga champion and Manchester United.
But his father Alf-Inge Haaland told SPORT1 this week: "When you play well, it's only logical that big clubs knock on your door, but we're talking about speculation here.
"At the moment it's not in Erling's or my head that another club will be vying for him. We signed a long contract with Dortmund and they have a fantastic team for Erling right now. We don't want to look any further ahead."
Asked if the close season could bring a move, he added: "You never know what will happen. We haven't talked about such a step yet. I think he would like to win some trophies with Dortmund. That is his goal. Erling can still achieve a lot in Germany and make great progress. Moving abroad is not a priority for us.
"I sometimes think he wants to and can assert himself in any league. At the moment, he is happy in the Bundesliga and focused on Dortmund. He just wants to be a better player and doesn't look too far ahead."