Cristiano Ronaldo names his favourite young players

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has included the Premier League duo of Memphis Depay and Eden Hazard in his list of the best young players to look out for. 

As reported by the Daily Mail, Ronaldo, who has been speaking to BT Sport, has also highlighted teammate Martin Odegaard, Barcelona ace Neymar and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba as the most exciting young players in the game. 

Depay, who secured a high-profile move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window, was outstanding in the Dutch league last term, scoring on 22 occasions for title-winners PSV. 


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Hazard, meanwhile, secured the Player of the Year award in the Premier League after playing a crucial role in Chelsea's title success. 

Neymar, who is already recognised as one of the world's best players, was influential in Barcelona's remarkable campaign while Pogba, formerly of Manchester United, was brilliant as Juventus secured yet another Serie A title. 

Odegaard, at just 16-years-old, is the youngest out of the quintet but looks set for an extremely bright future at the Bernabeu. 

Exciting five 

When speaking about five of the most exciting young players, Ronaldo stated: "You see many players with potential, I will mention Odegaard of Madrid for example, at 16 he's still young but you can see he's a very good player.

"Hazard for example, the No7 of Manchester Depay is a good player too, Pogba and maybe Neymar."

Struggles for Premier League duo 

In truth, though, things haven't quite gone to plan for the Premier League duo of Hazard and Depay this season. 

Belgium international Hazard still hasn't scored a goal in England's elite division this term and he has failed to hit top form for Jose Mourinho's struggling Chelsea side. 

Depay, despite a fine start to life in Manchester, has endured a tricky time recently, often finding himself on the Old Trafford bench. Both players certainly have the ability to respond, so there's no reason why they won't be able to become leading players in England sooner rather than later. 

Do you agree with Ronaldo's comments? Have your say below! 

To watch the full interview tune into BT Sport Europe at 10pm this Sunday. ‘Ronaldo’ is in cinemas, on DVD, Blu-Ray and available to buy or rent on BT TV on 9 November.

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