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Karim Benzema is hoping to emulate his childhood idols Zinedine Zidane (right) and Ronaldo (inset) and win the Ballon d'Or this year after a very prolific season at both club and international level.The Frenchman is among the 30 players who were shortlisted for the award earlier this month and is confident he can follow in the footsteps of two of his idols, both of whom preceded him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
England internationals, and have all been included in the 20-man shortlist for the 2021 Golden Boy award.
The prestigious award is given to the best performing under-21 footballer in Europe and is voted by sport journalists around the continent.
's Saka has enjoyed a successful year for both club and country, playing a pivotal role in England's journey to the Euro 2020 final earlier this summer.
The 20-year-old also won the Gunners' Player of The Season award in the last campaign.
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Despite their poor run of form, Manchester United's Mason Greenwood has been one of their bright sparks this season. The 20-year-old is currently United's join-top Premier League scorer this season with four goals in nine games.
GOLDEN BOY NOMINEES
Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Charles De Ketelaere ( FC Brugge), Gavi (Barcelona), Bryan Gil (Tottenham) Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Daniel Maldini (AC Milan), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Pedri (Barcelona), Roberto Piccoli (Atalanta), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), William Saliba (Marseille), Jurrien Timber (Ajax), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
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Borussia Dortmund's Bellingham was also named in England's Euro 2020 squad at the age of just 17 and has established himself as one of the best upcoming young midfielders in the world.
The pair to beat look set to be Real Madrid's Eduardo Camavinga and Barcelona's Pedri.
Following his strong performances for Stade Rennais last season, Camavinga secured a £27million move to Spain and has been a regular in Carlo Ancelotti's side this season. He is joined by team-mate Rodrygo on the shortlist.
Pedri has been at the heart of both Barcelona and the Spain National team this year having played over 70 games this year.
The youngster recently signed a new five-year contract with the Spanish giants, with an eye-watering €1billion (£846m) release clause included.
Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich also makes the list. The former Chelsea youth player has at times played beyond his age during in the last year. Earlier this year, he chose to represent Germany instead of England - who he was also eligible to play for.
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RB Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi is also a contender. The 19-year-old, who has recently been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, has made a sensational start to this season - scoring an outstanding 14 goals in just 18 appearances across all competitions.
Highly-rated Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch makes the list too. His excellent performances for the Dutch side earned him a Euro 2020 call-up to the Holland national team, where he continues to be ever-present.
Previous Golden Boy winners include Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi.
Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland picked up the award last year, beating Ansu Fati (second) and Alphonso Davies (third) in the process.
The winner is set to be announced before the end of the year.
South Africa’s Damon Galgut wins Booker Prize for The Promise .
Novel about one white family’s reckoning with South Africa’s racist history had been tipped to win this year’s prize.Galgut had been British bookmakers’ runaway favourite to win the 50,000-pound ($69,000) prize with his story of a troubled Afrikaner family and its broken promise to a Black employee – a tale that reflects bigger themes in South Africa’s transition from apartheid.