Alongside watching popular shows on streaming services and playing a variety of games, people around the world regularly follow sport as a form of entertainment. The go-to option for most sports fans is football, with the beautiful game being adored on a global scale. From following the Premier League to the Eredivisie and the Championnat de France National, football fans are the most loyal customers on the planet.
As well as purchasing their clubs’ merchandise and attending home and away matches, fans are regularly debating club issues, backing up any predictions for the season with some sports betting, and hoping their club can produce the next crop of talent for them to fall in love with. In fact, nurturing talented youngsters is a vital part of many clubs’ existence, enabling sides to sell them on for a large fee and reinvest in other areas of the club.
For fans, there is nothing quite like watching an exciting up and coming talent either, especially if they’ve come through the academy and have grown up in the local area. In the same way fans were enlivened when a young Lionel Messi burst onto the scene at Barcelona, there are a number of hot prospects currently lighting up some of the world’s top leagues. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 youngsters in world football right now.
Aged 21, Borussia Dortmund’s Norwegian striker is a clear talent. Averaging 0.79 goals per 90 minutes in both league and European competition, Erling Haaland is a goal-getter who is impossible to contain.
Playing for Red Bull Salzburg, Karim Adeyemi perhaps doesn’t get the attention he deserves. The 19-year-old is a striker with an eye for goal who has explosive pace. It comes as no surprise that the likes of Liverpool and Bayern are monitoring his progress.
Teammates with the aforementioned Erling Haaland at Borussia Dortmund, Jude Bellingham is only 18 years-old, but you wouldn’t know it. A calming presence in the centre of the pitch, Bellingham loves a tackle and is capable of chipping in with the odd goal, too.
One of the best full-backs in world football, it’s easy to forget that Alphonso Davies is only 21. Offering blistering pace and a love of defending, the Canadian’s rise to the top is remarkable.
Hungarian attacking midfielder, Dominik Szoboszlai, is another emerging star. With 61 goal contributions in just 83 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg, the gifted playmaker is already producing.
Featuring more prominently for Manchester City this season, Phil Foden has been in the form of his life and has played an integral role in City’s title tilt. At just 21, he’s only going to improve further, too.
One of the most composed 18-year-old players you’ll see, Barcelona and Spain midfielder, Pedri, is already a key man in Xavi’s setup. Compared to Andres Iniesta by some, Pedri is an immense talent.
Aged just 18, Florian Wirtz has been lighting up German football with an array of memorable performances for Bayer Leverkusen. The attacking midfielder is a joy to watch, especially if you’re partial to the odd defence-splitting pass.
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr is a live wire who is finally showcasing his potential at Real Madrid. Aged just 21, there is certainly more to come from the Brazilian.
Ansu Fati is just 19, but you wouldn’t know it when watching him in full flow. A part of the famous La Masia setup from the age of 10, Fati is a new star.