Talented attack-minded youngsters can capture the imagination - and command huge transfer fees.

So, let's take a closer look at the current top five future star forwards from across the world.

5. Jese Rodriguez | Real Madrid

A pacy and skilful winger with an eye for goal. Rodriguez's impressive goalscoring form this season - 16 goals in 29 games with Real Madrid Castilla - has led to comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo

His domestic form has attracted a lot of interest from clubs across Europe and when Tottenham came sniffing, Real Madrid slapped a £30m price tag on him, exemplifying their confidence in him to succeed at the top level.

Although he has only played two games for the Real Madrid first team, ‘Jese’ is likely to become a household name in the not so distant future.

4. Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace (on loan from Manchester United)

A bit of a wild card, Zaha is elegant yet explosive, raw but with footwork so polished - you’d think the boy came from Brazil. 

Zaha first came to public attention when he terrorised Manchester United in the League Cup back in 2011, resulting in a Crystal Palace victory. This, along with a lot of other great displays for the Eagles spurred Sir Alex Ferguson into signing him in January in a deal that could cost the club over £15m - not bad for a Championship player, eh? 

His brilliant goal for the England Under-21s against Romania last week was an example of Zaha’s quality, and I, like many, will be anticipating a fantastic debut season with Manchester United next year.

3. James Rodriguez | Porto

Constantly prophesied as ‘The New Ronaldo’, the Colombian ace has been linked with big-money moves to Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. 

An integral part of the Porto setup, Rodriguez is an expert in all attacking fields, combining impressive vision and powerful shooting with phenomenal dribbling attributes. If that wasn’t all, Rodriguez is clinical in front of goal, boasting an impressive scoring record with 23 goals in 54 league games

2. Neymar | Santos

Most people will be surprised to see Neymar come in at number two on this list, but I personally feel that it’s currently deserved. 

The brilliant Brazilian has astounded football fans across the globe with his fiery flair, crafty creativity and mind-blowing skills. Neymar does have the raw attributes to be potentially ‘world-class’, but I’m yet to see him deliver at the top level.  

Due to an average Olympics and a poor performance against England earlier in the year, many, including myself, question if Neymar is truly cut out for one of Europe’s top clubs. 

Brazil’s ‘Golden Boy’ does, however, have a very respectable goal-tally for Santos with 52 goals in 104 games, as well as an impressive 17 goals in 30 games for the national side. 

Neymar has long been linked with a move to Europe and a transfer to Barcelona or Real Madrid is likely to happen by 2014.

1. Lucas Moura | PSG

I am a massive fan of Lucas Moura. The dynamic Brazilian’s ball control and dribbling is, in my opinion, up there with current footballing greats Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

The boy’s ability to keep the ball in such tight areas as well as glide past players freely is truly reminiscent of the two players. For me, Lucas is much more direct than his Brazilian compatriot, Neymar. He’s stronger and also has a more powerful shot.

In addition to this, he is simply one of the quickest players around, combining this with superb agility with his stocky frame. 

Moura, more often than not, is simply unplayable. After dominating the Brasileiro Serie A, mega rich outfit PSG splashed out £35m to acquire the player’s services. 

So far his career has gone from strength to strength and at the tender age of 20, Moura is only going to get better. A scary thought, I know.


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