The top 50 teenagers in the world right now have been ranked


We all know Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated world football for more than a decade now.

However, the two superstars are into their thirties and won’t be at the top of the sport for too much longer.

So, who is going to take their throne and be able to claim their the best player in the world?

Well, the likes of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe already look like Ballon d’Or winners in the making.

But what about player even younger than those two wonderkids?

Well, that’s where Football Talent Scout comes in.

They’ve ranked the top 50 teenagers in the world right now.

The players have to be born in 2001 and later – meaning the likes of Haaland and Mbappe don’t qualify.

Let’s take a look at the top 50:

50. Victor Mollejo (ESP, 2001, winger, Atletico Madrid)
49. Strahinja Pavlović (SRB, 2001, centre-back, Partizan)
48. Curtis Jones (ENG, 2001, central midfielder, Liverpool)
47. Eduardo Quaresma (POR, 2002, centre-back, Sporting CP)
46. Kacper Kozłowski (POL, 2003, central midfielder, Pogoń Szczecin)
45. Joshua Zirkzee (NED, 2001, striker, Bayern)
44. Lucien Agoume (FRA, 2002, defensive midfielder, Inter)
43. Matías Palacios (ARG, 2002, attacking midfielder, San Lorenzo)
42. Ilaix Moriba (ESP, 2003, central midfielder, FC Barcelona)
41. Israel Salazar (ESP, 2003, striker, Real Madrid)
40. Joelson Fernandes (POR, 2003, winger, Sporting CP)
39. Benoît Badiashile (FRA, 2001, centre-back, AS Monaco)
38. Kang-in Lee (KOR, 2001, attacking midfielder, Valencia)
37. Jérémy Doku (BEL, 2002, winger, Anderlecht)
36. Adam Hlozek (CZE, 2002, striker, Sparta Prague)
35. James Garner (ENG, 2001, defensive midfielder, Manchester United)
34. Darío Sarmiento (ARG, 2003, winger, Estudiantes)
33. Hannibal Mejbri (FRA, 2003, central midfielder, Manchester United)
32. Gabriel Veron (BRA, 2002, winger, Palmeiras)
31. Filip Stevanović (SRB, 2002, winger, Partizan)
30. Ryan Gravenberch (NED, 2002, central midfielder, Ajax Amsterdam)
29. Yari Verschaeren (BEL, 2001, attacking midfielder, Anderlecht)
28. Ronaldo Camará (POR, 2003, central midfielder, Benfica)
27. Takefusa Kubo (JPN, 2001, winger, Real Madrid)
26. João Pedro (BRA, 2001, striker, Watford)
25. Karim Adeyemi (GER, 2002, striker, RB Salzburg)
24. Robert Navarro (ESP, 2002, attacking midfielder, Real Sociedad)
23. Talles Magno (BRA, 2002, winger, Vasco)
22. Fábio Silva (POR, 2002, striker, FC Porto)
21. Giovanni Reyna (USA, 2002, attacking midfielder, BVB)
20. Naci Ünüvar (NED, 2003, attacking midfielder, Ajax Amsterdam)
19. Sebastiano Esposito (ITA, 2002, striker, Inter)
18. Eric Garcia (ESP, 2001, centre-back, Manchester City)
17. Pedri (ESP, 2002, winger, Las Palmas/FC Barcelona)
16. Tanguy Kouassi (FRA, 2002, centre-back, PSG)
15. Thiago Almada (ARG, 2001, second striker, Velez)
14. Jude Bellingham (ENG, 2003, central midfielder, Birmingham)
13. Adil Aouchiche (FRA, 2002, central midfielder, PSG)
12. Myron Boadu (NED, 2001, striker, AZ Alkmaar)
11. Billy Gilmour (SCO, 2001, central midfielder, Chelsea)
10. William Saliba (FRA, 2001, centre-back, Arsenal)
9. Bukayo Saka (ENG, 2001, left-back, Arsenal)
8. Ansu Fati (ESP, 2002, winger, FC Barcelona)
7. Reinier (BRA, 2002, attacking midfielder, Real Madrid)
6. Gabriel Martinelli (BRA, 2001, striker, Arsenal)
5. Rodrygo (BRA, 2001, winger, Real Madrid)
4. Mohamed Ihattaren (NED, 2002, attacking midfielder, PSV Eindhoven)
3. Mason Greenwood (ENG, 2001, striker, Manchester United)
2. Eduardo Camavinga (FRA, 2002, defensive midfielder, Rennes)
1. Rayan Cherki (FRA, 2003, attacking midfielder, Olympique Lyon)


Plenty of exciting names in that list – and some of them are sure to go on and achieve great things in the name.

But many of you may not have heard of Rayan Cherki, who finds himself at No.1.

The Frenchman is just 16-years-old and has already played 12 times in all competitions for Lyon this season, scoring three goals.


In January, he was involved in all four of Lyon’s goals in a 4–3 win over Nantes in a Coupe de France match, scoring a brace and assisted the other two.

The attacking midfielder in highly-rated in France and he’s already rated at around £20 million by Transfermarkt.

Of course, a lot can happen to his career in the next few years but it seems Cherki is destined for greatness.

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