Football Benchmark is thrilled to announce its latest collaboration with Tuttosport's esteemed Golden Boy initiative. As of this year, Football Benchmark assumes the role of the main sponsor and Data & Analytics Partner of the Golden Boy.
The primary objective of this collaboration is to introduce the groundbreaking Golden Boy Index, a tool that will reform the player selection process by leveraging data and analytics-driven methodology.
The Golden Boy Award, one of the most prestigious awards in world football, has previously been bestowed upon illustrious talents such as Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, and Erling Haaland. This legacy of recognizing exceptional young players who then went on to have great success in their careers further solidifies the importance and credibility of the Golden Boy Index.
Developed by Football Benchmark, the Golden Boy Index methodology comprises three core pillars, accompanied by an additional "bonus" metric that rewards players who had exceptional performances in their national teams and/or UEFA club competitions. All three pillars adhere to a standardized scale ranging from 1 to 100. By calculating the weighted average of the individual values of each pillar and subsequently adjusting the outcome with the bonus metric, the Golden Boy Index ensures a comprehensive evaluation of player potential.
In order to be considered for selection in the Golden Boy top 100 list, a player must have been born in 2003 or later and must currently belong to a club in one of the top 25 domestic leagues of Europe (based on UEFA coefficients).