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Top 5: Rising stars in football

El Shaarawy tipped for big future (©GettyImages)
El Shaarawy tipped for big future (©GettyImages).

There is a seemingly endless conveyor belt of young talented footballers coming through the various youth systems across the globe. Here's five of the finest worth keeping an eye on over the coming years.


5. Oscar | Chelsea


A typical Brazilian playmaker who looks to be a major star for the future. 

A silver medal winner from the London Olympics, Oscar's career seems to be coming on leaps and bounds. After moving from Internacional to European champions Chelsea for £25m last summer, the player has been producing fantastic performances for the Blues. 

Oscar showcased his talent when he scored a stunning curling goal from outside of the box against Juventus in this year's unsuccessful Champions League campaign. 

At just 21 years of age, there is no doubting that Oscar is destined for great things.


4. Stephan El Shaarawy | AC Milan

He uses his pace, skill and intelligence to absolutely destroy defenders. This season, Stephan El Shaarawy has been the brightest spark for AC Milan, producing consistent, brilliant performances. 

He signed for the Serie A giants in 2011, and has since deservedly cemented his place in the starting line-up. El Shaarawy's agility allows him to weave his way past defenders with ease, making him a deadly threat when coming in from his favoured wide left position. 

In October last year, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League at the age of 19, becoming Milan's youngest ever goalscorer in the competition.

By the end of December 2012, El Shaarawy had been involved in over 50% of his side's Serie A goals over the course of the season, scoring 13 goals in 16 Rossoneri appearances. 

Just 20-years-old, the player is certain to be a fantastic player for both club and country going forward.



3. Luis Muriel | Udinese


Part of the Colombian revolution, Luis Muriel is a player who has the potential to join fellow Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao as one of his country's top talents. 

Udinese signed the 19-year-old striker from Deportivo Cali after he scored nine goals in 10 games in Colombia's top tier. 

After loan spells with Granada and Leece, Muriel, now 21, has managed to secure a place in Udinese's starting line-up. 

Muriel has been referred to as the 'Colombian Cristiano Ronaldo' and is being scouted by dozens of European clubs, including the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan and Juventus, emphasising how his potential is not going unnoticed.



2. Neymar | Santos



Where to start? Neymar has been at the top of his game over the last year, producing fine displays of skill at the age of 21. He has taken Brazil by storm, winning a silver medal at the Olympics and impressing on the international stage. 

Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and rose through the ranks, eventually being promoted to their first-team squad. He made his debut for Santos in 2009 and was voted the Best Young Player of the 2009 Campeonato Paulista. He then continued to impress in the 2010 season, finishing the season with 42 goals in 60 games as his club achieved the double. 

Altogether, the Brazilian frontman has scored an impressive 127 goals in 172 matches for Santos. However, Neymar is yet to prove himself in  Europe and a move to one of the biggest clubs in the world is on the cards. 

Neymar has been linked with a range of European clubs over the past few months, including the Spanish giants Barcelona and European champions Chelsea.

There's no doubt Neymar is a fantastic player, and when he does eventually move to one of Europe's elite, he'll be able to show his true worth.



1. Seung Woo Lee | Barcelona


Wow, what a player. At 14 years of age, Lee has been dubbed as the 'Korean Messi', producing top draw performances for the Barcelona youth team. 

Spotted at the age of 13 by scouts at the nine-a-side under-13 World Cup in South Africa, Lee has been developing fantastically as a player. While playing for his elementary school in the Korea Republic, he scored 29 goals in 16 matches, quite rightly being awarded the coveted MVP of the year award as a 13-year-old. 

Lee recently wowed onlookers, scoring a 'Lionel Messi-like' four goals in Barcelona's 7-0 win against Tortosa. He uses his speed, skill and dribbling ability to drift past defenders, practically walking the ball into the back of the net.


Remember his name, he's going to be big.

 

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