FIFA World Cup Young Player Award

FIFA World Cup Finals 1958 to 2022 Best Young Player Award

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List of the Best Young Player awards by the Year of the World Cup. The FIFA World Cup Best Young Player was awarded for the first time at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and given to Germany’s Lukas Podolski. At every Football World Cup , the award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2006 FIFA World Cup, this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1985. The election took place on FIFA’s official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group. FIFA also organised a survey on the Internet for users to choose the “best young player” of the World Cup, between the years 1958 and 2002, which appears in the list of World Cup Best Young Players.

Year & Venue Player Age Nation
1958 Sweden Pelé 17

Brazil Football

1962 Chile Flórián Albert 20

Paraguay Fooball

1966 England Franz Beckenbauer 20

Germany Football

1970 Mexico Teófilo Cubillas 21

Mexico Football

1974 West Germany Władysław Żmuda 20

Poland Football

1978 Argentina Antonio Cabrini 20

Italy Football

1982 Spain Manuel Amoros 21

France Football

1986 Mexico Enzo Scifo 20

Belgium Football

1990 Italy Robert Prosinečki 21

Yugoslavia Football

1994 United States Marc Overmars 21

Netherlands Football

1998 France Michael Owen 18

England Football

2002 South Korea/Japan Landon Donovan 20


2006 Germany Lukas Podolski 21

Germany Football

2010 South Africa Thomas Müller 20

Germany Football

2014 Brazil Paul Pogba 21

France Football

2018 Russia Kylian Mbappé 19

France Football

2022 Qatar Youssoufa Moukoko 18

Germany Football