These players are pegged to be the superstars of the next generation.
The world of football is fast-paced. There are brilliant players coming up all the time, trying to make their name. With time, superstars of the past are replaced by the stars of tomorrow. While players like Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have kept us entertained for a decade and more, they are unfortunately in the last stages of their career.
In their absence will be these following players, that will step up to be the best in the business. The following players have already earned a name for themselves at a very young age due to their exceptional talent.
These gifted prodigoes will fulfill their potential in the following decade and are sure to dominate in their respective teams and competitions. Here are the top 10 players that will dominate the coming decade of football:
One of La Masia’s products, Riqui Puig is one to watch out for. With him, FC Barcelona have another talented young midfielder in their ranks who will carry forward the legacy left behind by players like Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
However, Puig has been struggling for game time under new gaffer Ronald Koeman. Nonetheless, his talent makes him one of the next-gen stars and he will be a part of Barca’s future, whether Koeman stays or not.
Pedro González López, commonly known as Pedri, is another next generational talent coming out of FC Barcelona. The Spaniard has been extensively utilised in the ongoing 2020/21 season and has mesmerised with his gameplay.
The 18-year-old has exquisite control over the ball and can pass with pinpoint precision. He is one to look out for years to come, since he has already turned heads at such a young age. His market value stands at €50m at 18-years-old.
Manchester City’s boy wonder, Phil Foden has had to bide his time to showcase his talent under Pep Guardiola. However, he has finally got the minutes that he deserved and proved why he is pegged as the next big talent coming out of England.
Foden was part of the England U-17 squad that lifted the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 held in India. The 20-year-old is valued around €60m in the market.
Atletico Madrid broke their transfer record to recruit Joao Felix from SL Benfica. The Portuguese striker was bought for a sum of €127.20m, which remains the fifth-most expensive transfer of all time.
He made the move to the La Liga at the age of 19 and expectedly had a slow start. Having said that, the forward has now started to show why Atletico Madrid paid so much money for him.
Real Madrid’s starlet Vinicius Junior is also one of the superstars of tomorrow. The Spanish giants paid €45m for an 18-year-old winger from Flamengo. The Brazilian had many suitors across Europe due to his immense talent, but chose the Los Blancos.
Despite a rocky start to his career in Spain, Vinicius has been consistent and will only get better with age. He already has played over 94 games for Real Madrid at a young age.
Alphonso Davies broke onto the scene with his impressive performances for FC Bayern Munich, especially in the UEFA Champions League. He was exceptional against teams like Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona etc, and helped the Bavarians lift the Champions League in the 2019/20 season.
He is widely tagged as the best full-back in the world of football. The Canadian is valued around €80.00m, making him one of the most expensive defenders in the world.
Erling Haaland’s story continues with Borussia Dortmund after the striker made the headlines with unbelievable displays for RB Salzburg. The Norwegian’s goal scoring feats are unbelievable.
The 20-year-old has scored six goals in seven games for Norway, 29 goals & seven assists in 27 games for RB Salzburg and 37 goals & seven assists in 38 games for Borussia Dortmund. The striker is valued at €100.00m and his value will only go up as he matures.
Manchester United FC’s academy product Marcus Rashford has become indispensable. The 23 year-old made his debut in February 2018 as an 18-year-old and scored on his European and Premier League debuts.
The Englishman has already appeared for the Red Devils 247 times, scoring 82 and assisting 50 goals. He has been developing as a player every season and recently became the most expensive player in the world, valued at €150.00m. He will continue to perform and play a vital role for club and country in the years to come.
Ansu Fati is yet another FC Barcelona youngster that has been attracting a lot of attention. The winger has set several records with the Blaugrana. He is the youngest starter at Camp Nou at 16 years and 318 days, the youngest La Liga scorer at 16 years and 304 days, the youngest UEFA Champions League debutant for FCB at 16 years and 321 days and more.
The 18-year-old has also represented Spain in the UEFA Nations League. The winger is valued at €80.00m, and will only grow in stature & value in the coming decade.
Kylian Mbappe is one of the players who will be regarded as being among the best football stars in the world for the coming years. The 22-year-old has already won most of the honors possible including the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with France.
Paris Saint-Germain paid an upwards of €145m for his services, making him the second-most expensive transfer move ever. The Frenchman is currently valued around €180.00m and has 165 goal contributions (106 goals 59 assists) in 148 overall appearances for PSG.