There is never a lack of talent in the world of football. Every year, there appears to be dozens more of youngsters coming through the ranks and impressing the world. For some, they may even be lucky (or unlucky) enough to be labelled as the next Messi or Ronaldo.
With the world at a standstill, here are the 20 young players who have been earmarked for greatness in no particular order.
The youngest player to have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League. Real Madrid acquired him for 40 million pounds.
Exploded onto the scene with Barcelona and has already been labelled as the next Messi.
Is there anything else to say about him? He has already scored 12 goals in 11 appearances for Dortmund.
Labelled the next Pirlo, Tonali has starred for Brescia with his vision and elegance.
The Manchester United youngster has proven himself a lethal finisher with both feet.
He has won all the plaudits while becoming one of the best right backs in the world. He has notched 12 assists this season, second only behind Kevin De Bruyne.
At only 16 years old, he already has Mino Raiola representing him and is playing for PSG.
He is only 18 and already has a 84 million pound price tag on his head. It will not be long before he moves from Rennes to a bigger club.
At only 18, he has already established himself as a regular at Bayern Munich.
He has been tipped by Lionel Messi to become “one of the best” in the game. Is there anything else we can add?
The world’s most expensive teenage signing has been fulfilling his potential at PSG. Could Real Madrid break the transfer record for him?
Arsenal have not missed Aubamayeng with Martinelli firing on all cylinders this season.
Hoping to follow Harry Kane, he has shown great potential in the Spurs academy and has already featured for the Republic of Ireland.
Matthijs de Ligt
Although he has not had the best starts to his career at Juventus, there is no doubting his ability.
He is only 21 but he has already earned 14 caps for Italy and over 170 appearances for AC Milan.
Pep Guardiola, who has managed Messi, has labelled him as the “most talented player” he has ever seen. He should frame that up!
Labelled as a “complete player” by Maurizio Sarri, he has attracted immense interest during his past 4 seasons at Bayer Leverkusen.
The second most expensive teenager in history hasn’t had the best of starts to life at Atletico Madrid but at 20, time is on his side.
Sancho will most definitely be leaving Dortmund this summer but to where? The world is his oyster if he keeps on performing at the same level.
Dani Alves believes he is the best young talent in the game. He has shown glimpses of that talent at the Bernabeu with his limited opportunities.