Because football is made of young talents that florish apparently out of nowhere, here are some youngsters you should watch:
10. Timothy Fosy-Mensah
Netherlands – 27/10/1998
Jose Mourinho made him hit the bench a lot at Old Trafford this season, but Fosu-Mensah remains one of United’s most highly-rated young players, as underlined by his new contract.
9. Martin Odegaard
Norway – 17/12/1998
Odegaard joined Real Madrid while still only 16 years of age but he is now loaned to Heerenveen and has made an encouraging start to his 18-month stay in Netherlands.
8. Felix Passlack
Germany – 29/5/1998
Passlack is so versatile, German football fans believe they might have another Philipp Lahm on their hands.
7. Malang Saar
France – 23/1/1999
Nice are certainly aware of Sarr’s worth. His buy-out clause is set at €50m.
6. Manuel Locatelli
Italy – 8/1/1998
Silvio Berlusconi said of him: “I see the new Pirlo in him!” The truth is he’s had his ups and downs but the 19-year-old has great vision and much room to grow.
5. Alexander Isak
Sweden – 21/9/1999
While comparisons have been made with compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic, given Isak’s agility and dribbling skills, he arguably shares more characteristics with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
4. Alban Lafont
France – 23/1/1999
The youngest goalkeeper in Ligue 1 history, the 18-year-old has already made more than 50 appearances.
3. Christian Pulisic
United States – 18/9/1998
The American of Croatian extraction has experienced a meteoric rise to the top since 2015. This versatile player could become the first footballing superstar from the USA.
2. Kylian Mbappe
France – 20/12/1998
Mbappe has already proved his class and composure in the Champions League. The 18-year-old has netted 12 times in his last 10 games in all competitions.
1. Gianluigi Donnarumma
Italy – 25/2/1999
Donnarumma made his Italy debut aged 17, and has already been Milan’s first-choice shot-stopper for nearly two years.