João Felix received the Golden Boy in Turin, an award that since 2003 the newspaper Tuttosport He gives you the best U21 player in Europe. The mattress striker attended the ceremony with 200 guests and was accompanied by his agent, Jorge Mendes (awarded as the best European agent of 2019), by Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo, sporting director Andrea Berta and, of course, his relatives.
João did not hide his emotion: "I am very happy, there is a lot of work to win this award and it is a great joy for me. Achieving this award was one of my goals, is not won by anyone." His teammates Felipe and Koke dedicated a video to congratulate him, shown during the gala, and Bruno Lage and Pizzi from Benfica did the same: "I can only thank my teammates and my family, they were all close to me in these important months for my career. "
Rui Costa, Las Águias sporting director, was also present at the event and said: "In Lisbon, we missed him a lot: we had many years with us, but we only liked him on the first team for a season. He helped us win a league, then Atleti appeared, along with other teams, and they got the mattresses. Football is seeing another big star born: today Golden Boy wins, but will soon be among the candidates for the Golden Ball. "
During the delivery, President Enrique Cerezo spoke: "At Atleti we have always had great players, in recent years we have been lucky enough to have two golden boys: Kun Agüero and now João Felix. We believe that João will be one of the best of World: He's young, talented, and most of all, he likes to play soccer.
Sporting director Andrea Berta added: "Joao's accompaniment today is a satisfaction for all of us. The negotiation was very long, complicated: it was not enough to pay a clause, as other teams wanted to do so, we had to convince his family that has great values, and they chose the best step for their professional growth, which they preferred to economic growth. "
Among the winners was Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, who revealed: "A year ago we talked to Ligt during the award ceremony, maybe he started to breathe the air of Turin and his future team. Juventus. Christian? Your arrival has increased the responsibility of the entire club, which feels the duty to do something else. It was a push. " Italian coach Roberto Mancini also received an award that warned of the difficulties of the upcoming Eurocup: "Everyone celebrated being in a group with Turkey, Wales and Switzerland, but there are no easy games in such a competition, we will have to be vigilant ".
Claudio Marchisio received the Scirea Prize, and the former football player spoke of his future: "I'm in no hurry, I want to take a year to find my new way. Fortunately, I have time ahead." Paolo Berlusconi, in turn, He received the award for the career of his brother Silvio and Adriano Galliani, for his career in Milan: "I hope the Rossoneri will raise their heads again and soon Monza will reach Serie A. Ibrahmovic? My brother gave his willingness to hire him at Monza, the doors are closed "open".
As the best Italian in the under-21 squad, Gianluigi Donnarumma was awarded (Dino Zoff told him: "The future is yours" and the porter replied "I hope he can follow in his footsteps") while Mattéo Guendouzi welcomed the Golden Boy designated by Tuttosport netizens, although he did not attend the gala because of the difficult time Arsenal is experiencing. There was also room for women's football: Giada Greggi, a midfielder for Roma and Nazionale, was chosen as the best Italian U21 soccer player.