The 10 best young talents of football

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.
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