Leon Goretzka may be an unknown in the world of football today but the 18-year-old has already drawn comparisons to ex-Germany star Michael Ballack.

At the age of 17, Leon won the Fritz Walter medal as the nation’s outstanding 17-year-old - an award given to the likes of Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer in the past.

Currently plying his trade for VfL Bochum, the 6ft 2in midfielder has already made 28 appearances in his debut season for the German second division side.

And his performances have caught the eye of the likes of Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich

His playing style does not include fanciful dribbles and step-overs. He does not dazzle past his opponents and neither does he score goals from out of this world.

He is a down to earth player with a clear head and a footballing mind. As is consistent with most German greats, he has a knack for scoring with his head. This doesn’t mean he isn’t good with his feet - the lad can pick a pass and create chances for his team-mates as well.

Should the club decide to cash in on the wonderkid at the end of the season, the football world may very well end up witnessing a transfer war for the signature of this special 18-year-old.

To see what Goretzka is capable of, and what can be expected from him in years to come, watch this video clip: http://youtu.be/4Td1EF03O6w


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