Club academies around the world are churning out footballers faster and in bigger numbers than ever before, but only the brightest of the bunch warrant multi-million pound market values.
Footballers in their teenage years are far from the finished article, but even a glimmer of superstar talent can be enough for clubs to slap a lucrative price tag on their most promising assets.
Top-class youth is a precious commodity in today’s business-driven game, and generates valuable income for smaller clubs that lack glitzy sponsorship deals.
So, here we look at 10 of the most valuable teenagers in world football based on their market value as measured by transfermarkt.co.uk.
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