At the young age of 17, Alen Halilovic is already tipped for greatness and world stardom.
Halilovic is a young Croatian midfielder who players for Croatian club Dinamo Zegreb. Ever since his early teens, top clubs have drooled over his talent and skill, amazed at how good he was even at such a young age.
He has been a sensation for quite a while now, but what is truly amazing is his rapid rise to the first team and the contributions he's already been able to make.
He made his Dinamo Zagreb first-team debut at 16 years and 101 days of age, which made him the youngest player ever to play in the Croatian league (Dinamo are a good team which makes it even more impressive), and became the youngest goalscorer too, at 16 years and 112 days.
But what are probably his most impressive feats are starting Dinamo’s Champions League match against PSG, becoming the second youngest player ever to feature in the tournament, and making his debut for Croatia’s senior national team against Portugal.
Halilovic is a creative attacking midfielder with an extremely high football IQ (he reads the game very well/ has an eye for the game), and is a pure master of the pass.
His play style mimics one of fellow countryman Luka Modric, who he is constantly compared to (in fact, he even looks similar to the Real Madrid star).
The young Croatian also has a rocket of a shot and also has the traits to become a goalscoring midfielder. His incredible skill for his age has brought big clubs such as Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Tottenham calling.
Dinamo realise his talent and how big clubs are after him so his price is almost absurd. Manchester City were rumoured to have offered £7m for him, an absurd price for a 16-year-old (at the time). But the bid was rejected, Dinamo wanted more than £12m.
Many news sources had reported that Tottenham had captured Halilovic and fellow Dinamo teenager Tin Jedvaj for a package deal of about £17m, a very high price to pay for a pair of 17 year olds. But neither party ever officially announced anything on the issue.
There is no doubting Halilovic’s talent; he is one of the best players at his age in the world, but he is still only 17. Anything can end up happening to a player of his age.
But if he continues on this rapid course, he could possible become a generation defining player. He is that good.
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