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Top 5: Best young players in world football

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Football's most promising talents have been ranked in order of market value, showing us who is really the best young player in the world.

It's been a year of change in 2013 as some of the most recognised characters in football have at last made way for a brand new class of players eager to follow in their footsteps, with the likes of Michael Owen, Paul Scholes and David Beckham leading a retirement frenzy of Premier League legends.

This season has, and will be, the best time for the youth of today to make their mark on the world stage.

With the World Cup finals in Brazil looming large next summer the next six months will be crucial for the young players itching to be on that plane.

Although for some, World Cup selection will be least of their worries in June...

Now, there are so many players that could be considered in the top five, so the guys from transfermarkt.co.uk have helped us out with their statistics on everything football, you can check them out through the link above.

Here's their list, in order of the player's market value:

5. Lucas (PSG) Market Value: £31,000,000

Lucas Moura has already won the Ligue 1, an Olympic Silver medal, and the Confederations Cup with PSG and Brazil, and he's only 21-years-old.

He's taken time to settle in France but there's no doubt that the winger is up there with the promising young talents in world football.

The former Sao Paulo starlet's performances from his time in Brazil earned him his big money move to PSG, and a chance to play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow countryman, Thiago Silva.

He still has a bit to learn, but the pacy attacker will have gained valuable experience playing with this high calibre of players. 

The World Cup in his home-country will be the best chance for Lucas to really make a name for himself, and become a Brazilian superstar in the next few years.

4. Isco (Real Madrid) Market Value: £31,000,000

You probably hadn't heard of Francisco Suarez, nicknamed Isco, before last year.

Of all young players, Isco is probably the one who has improved the most, again having his hard-work rewarded with a move to Real Madrid, where he's kept pace with the club's best players, and maybe proved to be their best signing.

The 'Golden Boy' award-winner has showed no fear in making the attacking-midfield role his own, and even broke into the Spain squad, the favourites to win the World Cup in 2014.

After making an explosive start to his career at the Bernabeu, Isco needs to maintain his form to really convince us that he can handle life at Real Madrid.

3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Market Value: £37,000,000

Chelsea's midfield maestro has already made 42 appearances for Belgium, the dark horses of international football, with Hazard proving to be their star man.

His career started way back in 2007 with Lille, where he played almost 200 times, but since the Belgian's move to Stamford Bridge last year, things really kicked off.

He's been arguably Chelsea's best player in patches this season, scoring six goals making him the club's top scorer this season and keeping the Blues in the title race.

If he keeps on doing the same, the agile winger's price tag could raise even higher than it's already done in the past few years.

2. Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich) Market Value: £39,000,000

The Bayern playmaker is probably most known for his 'betrayal' of childhood club, and German rivals Borussia Dortmund .

We all remember his face as he watched awkwardly from the sidelines in the Champions League final in May, but since, with transfer sagas resolved we've finally seen how great of a player he is.

With his fantastic technical abilities Gotze can pick a pass from anywhere, and it's his assists, along with a few goals, which has seen Bayern steamroll the Bundesliga and top their Champions League group.

The German has been pivotal in a side of world-beaters, making the move somewhat justifiable, which deservedly ranks him in second-place in this list.

1. Neymar (Barcelona) Market Value: £44,000,000

As if it wasn't obvious. Neymar has been the stand-out player of the year for Brazil, making more and more headlines. He's truly got the world at his feet right now.

It's only been a few months since the winger moved to Europe after an arguably overdue transfer to Barcelona, a move which seemed like destiny for Neymar.

The goals haven't been flying in so far, but his flair and skill, and especially the quality of goals make them worth the wait.

His nomination for both Ballon d'Or and Puskas Awards were well deserved, as he carried Brazil to victory in the Confederations Cup, and he'll hope to do the same as he returns home in the summer.

The World Cup is the perfect opportunity to prove that he is not only the best young player in the world, but can become one of the greatest footballer's of all-time.

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