Harry Kane finished up as the joint-ninth most prolific goalscorer in Europe’s top-five leagues after a debut season as a Tottenham first-team regular to savour.
To put his efforts further into context he played only 22 minutes more domestic top-flight football than Barcelona’s Neymar and managed just one goal less.
Barring exhaustion, Kane is expected to light up the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic. He is 4/1 to be top goalscorer and is judged to stand a 6/1 chance of winning the Golden Player award for the tournament’s outstanding individual.
In the past, those who have bestowed the award have generally exhibited excellent talent-spotting credentials, with its recipients often going on to have dream careers.
However, there are exceptions to every rule and there has been more than one cautionary tale of unfulfilled potential to keep Kane focused on his future, should he receive the honour.
The most successful Golden Players of past tournaments are a superb advert for participation in the age-group championship.
In terms of club and country success, Andrea Pirlo rules the roost, boasting a World Cup, two Champions Leagues, a World Club Cup, a brace of European Super Cups, six Serie A crowns, two Coppa Italias and assorted other baubles.
Not far behind the legendary Italian, Luis Figo’s astounding 23 domestic and continental trophies, including silverware across three nations, mark him out as the most successful club player among the award’s 19 past winners.
Laurent Blanc lacks the same club-level clout as his fellow luminaries, yet his World Cup and Euro 2000 winner’s medals are apt evidence that he was of the highest ilk.
Among the least subsequently-successful award winners, Renato Buso and Francesc Arnau stand out for never going on to represent their country at senior level.
Having won Serie A as a 16-year-old, fully six years prior to U21 Euro 1992, the Italian went on to add only a solitary Coppa Italia to his trophy cabinet across a decent career, which also took in a UEFA Cup final loss with Fiorentina.
Arnau, meanwhile, never broke through at Barcelona, playing second fiddle to Ruud Hesp and Pepe Reina, but still managed to earn three domestic winner’s medals and a Cup Winners’ Cup during his time at Camp Nou.
Royston Drenthe can at least claim one full cap for the Netherlands, not to mention a league title, but his drastic slide into relative obscurity arguably eclipses those of Buso or Arnau.
His brilliance at the 2007 tournament earned him a move from Feyenoord to Real Madrid, where he made 18 appearances in his first campaign as Los Blancos lifted La Liga.
Yet soon enough he was loaned to first Hercules, then Everton, before being sold to Russian also-rans Alania Vladikavkaz, whom he represented just six times before heading for the Championship on loan.
He left Reading this summer after spending his second campaign as a Royal on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and is now contracted to Kayseri Erciyesspor, freshly relegated from the Turkish Super Lig.
Read on for the full run down of past Golden Players and see if you agree with our assessment of who had the best and worst careers.