We are blessed with some outrageously talented young players, and I have decided to make a list of the five best talents in the world.
The list contains five players - all aged 21 years and under - and they have not been placed in any particular order.
So here is my list of football’s wonder-kids:
Raphael Varane | Real Madrid
The 20-year-old central defender is without a doubt, the best young centre-back in the game right now after a remarkable campaign for Real Madrid’s last season.
He was signed for around £8m from French club Lens as a teenager. He broke into the first-team following a memorable performance against Barcelona, shutting out Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi before notching up a goal for his team.
He has been capped twice for his country and could potentially star for his country in next year’s World Cup.
Mario Gotze | Bayern Munich
Germany’s most expensive player at just 21-years-old following a move to Bayern Munich this summer, Mario Gotze was the brightest gem in Dortmund’s historic domestic double in 2012.
The skilful attacking midfielder is set to dominate world football if his first four years are anything to go by.
The 2011 Golden Boy winner will be one to watch next season in the UEFA Champions League and the summer World Cup.
Thibaut Courtois | Atletico Madrid (on loan from Chelsea)
Courtois cemented himself as the best young goalkeeper by securing the Zamora award last season for boasting the best game-to-goal ratio of any keeper in the Spanish league.
The Belgium international produced a stunning man-of-the-match display against Real Madrid to help Atletico secure an historic 2-1 victory to claim last season’s Copa del Rey trophy.
The Chelsea star has a bright future ahead.
Isco | Real Madrid
The former Valencia youngster sealed a move to Real Madrid this summer following a brilliant season for Malaga.
He was also one of the stars of this summer’s Euro Championship with some outstanding all round displays. The Versatile player can play in a host of attacking positions, either out wide or a player and even upfront.
At just 21-years-old, Isco is seen regarded as the future of Spanish football.
Neymar | Barcelona
He is arguably the best young player in the world right now. The Golden Ball winner inspired Brazil to the Confederations Cup with some impressive displays, notching up four goals including a brilliant effort against Spain in the final.
The former Santos superstar finally secured a move to Barcelona in the summer. The 21-year-old had already won numerous team and individual awards already.
136 goals in 225 games for his club speak volumes of his talent. Hopefully he succeeds in Europe alongside four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi for Barcelona. One to watch in next summer’s World Cup.
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