Grooming youngsters seems to be the growing trend in football. The cycle of football consists of smaller clubs producing stock for bigger clubs or bigger club's development structures shaping stars for the future.
GMS academy writer Zaahid Nanabhay takes a look at the top five young talents to watch out for. These youngsters might not be stars yet but are much favoured to become future legends of the game.
5. Raphaël Varane - Age 20
The French defender has made inroads in the star studded Real Madrid team at just the age of 20. With the talent he has and the experience he's going to earn, Varane certainly is going to be one for the future.
He also earned himself four caps for the French national team. “It is quite impossible that Varane is just 19 and playing with such a great skill, strength and experience,” Didier Drogba said.
4. Paul Pogba - Age 20
The 20-year-old French youngster is of Guinean descent. He plies his trade in Italy at Juventus. Pogba was described by his former club, Manchester United as a "powerful, skilful, and creative" player who has "an eye for goal and a penchant for the spectacular."
Pogba has already made himself a name for the opposition to worry about and is set for big things.
3. Isco - Age 21
The Spanish wizard made a name for himself at Spanish top flight club Malaga before being snapped up by giants Real Madrid. A lot of promise comes with the 21-year-old and he seems to be dealing just fine at the superstar filled Madrid. Isco came with an enormous price tag of €30m. He most certainly is living up to his price tag.
2. Mario Gotze - Age 20
The young German is one of the most talented players you will come across. After leaving Dortmund to join fellow rivals Bayern Munich, one would question whether the youngster would fit into the start studded midfield in Munich but Mario seems to be a favourite under Pep Guardiola. Falling in a golden era of German midfielders Gotze will learn a lot from the likes of Ozil and Schweinsteiger and is set for great things.
1. Neymar - Age 21
The flamboyant Brazilian striker is arguably one of the best youngsters in the world at the moment. After joining Spanish giants Barcelona, the question posed by many was whether he would be good enough on the bigger stage?
He seems to be doing just fine or probably more than just fine. Neymar's heroics also helped Brazil win the Confederations Cup in 2013 and he is one of Brazil's key players going into the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He deservedly takes the number one spot for me.
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