Muneeb Ahsan picks his top five young players in world football. Do you agree?
5. Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid and France)
Varane is a French Footballer who plays for Real Madrid. Since breaking into Real's first team he has emerged as one of Europe's finest young central defenders and has shown no signs of slowing down.
His speed, dribbling and defending skills make him one of the best talents of the game and he is only 20.
His performances in the Champions League were eye catching which included some jaw dropping tackles on Didier Drogba.
He is recently being linked with a transfer to Chelsea, with trying to capture the world class defender. But after all Real will be trying to keep their prized asset.
4. Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan and Italy)
He has been the key player for Milan since the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He showed some eye catching performances during his time in Serie B, where he won the player of the season and earned a move to Milan.
Recently he is being overshadowed by Mario Balotelli who signed for Milan in the January transfer window. He can play in all attacking positions.
His playing style is much similar to of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. He recently won Serie A young footballer of the year 2012.
He might be a challenger for the world's best player in the coming years. He was recently also linked to Manchester City.
3. Isco (Malaga – Real Madrid and Spain)
Probably the most promising young player in Spanish football. Isco was the backbone of Malaga's success in the Champions League as well as in La Liga. Because of his amazing performances with Malaga and Spain U-21 during 2012-13, the 2012 Golden Boy winner signed for Real Madrid for about £23m ending months of speculation. His vision and passing abilities are regarded similar as Zidane. He a next World Class player improving day by day and could be the world's best.
2. Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich and Germany)
A product of Dortmund's youth academy he is a world class attacking midfielder who plays for Germany. After establishing himself as one of the world's best player, he recently signed for Bayern Munich €37 million ending months of speculation making him the most expensive German player of all time.
He has fantastic ball control, speed, skill and creativity, which makes him an exciting prospect. He helped Dortmund regain its place in Germany and was an important member of the Dortmund team.
1. Neymar (FC Barcelona and Brazil)
Widely regarded as the new 'Pele' the Brazilian still has to dominate Europe. Despite only being 21 he is regarded as the world's best player after Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.
The Brazilian forward has been named South American footballer of the year and has received a nomination for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, while he also won the FIFA Puskas award.
The Brazilian superstar made his name by performing for both club and country during his long spell at Santos but he recently joined FC Barcelona for €57 million, making him the ninth highest transfer in history.
He was being chased by Europe's top clubs such as Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United before moving to Barcelona. He can play in all attacking positions.
His jaw dropping skills and stunning performances make him the seventh highest paid footballer and the most marketable athlete. His creativity, passing, clinical finishing, exceptional dribbling and technical ability make him one of the World's best player.
Don't be surprised if Neymar becomes the world's best footballer ahead of the likes of Ronaldo and Messi in the coming years.
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