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It's coming to that time where it seems all the great players of the past decade are suddenly getting older. Previously young and arrogant misfit Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 32 and former raw teenage wonderkid Cristiano Ronaldo will turn 30 next year.

Bit by bit, some new, fresh teenage sensations will have to step in and take the world by storm - but who are the most highly-rated teenagers right now?

5. Domenico Berardi | Juventus (on loan at Sassulo)

Italian teenager Berardi burst onto the scene in Serie A this season whilst on loan from league champions Juventus.

The aggressive frontman has hit 12 goals in just 24 games and has set alight a Sassulo team languishing three points from safety in the league. He bagged a superb hat-trick against AC Milan in January and is really showing his class this term.

A committed player - shown his six yellows and one red card - he could be the long-term solution to Juventus' striker issues.

4. Luke Shaw | Southampton

A household name after his two brilliant seasons as a senior player, 19-year-old left-back Luke Shaw's rise is really quite remarkable - he has been Southampton's first choice left-back since he was 17.

Very rarely does a defender show as much talent, maturity and composure at such a young age but Shaw looks the part already. Zero defensive errors all season and looking for a place at the World Cup, Shaw shows no signs of slowing down and looks very special.

3. Alen Halilovic | Dinamo Zagreb

You could be forgiven for not knowing about 17-year-old wonderkid Halilovic before his recent pending move to Barcelona was announced, but you will definitely know about him very soon.

At just 16, Croatian playmaker Halilovic made his Champions League debut for Dinamo Zagreb and caught Europe's eye and it was announced recently that he would be heading over to Spain in the summer to join Catalan giants Barca.

He has had Croatia raving for over a year now with everyone having high hopes for the little midfielder. Watch this space.

2. Raheem Sterling | Liverpool

Breaking onto the first-team stage early last season and wrecking havoc for Premier League defences, Sterling seemed to go off the boil towards the latter stage of the campaign.

But boy has he come back strong. Six goals and 38 chances created later, Sterling has got the Liverpool fans and pundits lauding him once again. Establishing himself as first-choice winger in a title-challenging Reds team, Sterling really has stepped up to the plate.

Pacey and direct, he is one of the brightest young talents around..

1. Adnan Januzaj | Manchester United

And then there was one - the Belgian-born wonderkid; Adnan Januzaj. The crown jewel in Manchester United's youth system of recent years, Januzaj has oozed class all season for the Red Devils.

Catching the eye with his start to the season from the bench, he grabbed his chance with both hands when he hit two on his first start for Manchester United. Since then, he has hit two more, as well as linking up superbly with Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney.

Januzaj possesses something very raw and exciting, something anyone who has seen him play will have recognised. The world is at his feet if he can keep his head.

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