The universe of worldwide football is an erratically fun cycle. While it is constantly endearing to watch these memorable countries go after trophies, it is conceivably much all the more engaging to pursue the littler, lesser-known nations on their way for uncommon greatness. Here is a rundown of top football prodigies who will definitely lead their un-historic countries to accomplishment in the up and coming years and perhaps daze the world. These are the players who will change the eventual fate of football, the ones who are bound to supplant the stars of today. As ever, feel free to lend your personal views in the comments section below if you feel we’ve over-looked someone we shouldn’t have.
#1. Alphonso Davies (Country-Canada / Position-Winger / Club-Bayern Munich / Age-18 years) –
Alphonso Davies sealed a $22m (£17m) move from Vancouver Whitecaps to Bayern Munich last July. The Ghana-born Canada International, who featured at the 2017 Gold Cup, has already earned a number of caps for the senior team this season and even scored a goal. Bayern Coach Niko Kavac has been highly impressed with Davies and has been quoted saying that Bayern have uncovered a “diamond in the rough”.
#2. Diego Lainez (Country-Mexico / Position-Winger / Club-Real Betis / Age-19 years)
Real Betis chose to pay €14m (£12.2m/$15.8m) to take Diego Lainez to Spain in January from Club America. It was a big gamble for the La Liga club as because he still hadn’t locked down a regular starting berth at his previous club. That bold move has paid them off beautifully as the petite attacker became the youngest Mexican player to score in the UEFA Europa League when he netted an injury-time equalizer in a 3–3 draw with Rennes in the first leg of the round of 32.
#3. Ethan Ampadu (Country-Wales / Position-Defender / Club-Chelsea / Age-18 years)
Ethan Ampadu is a professional footballer who plays as a center-back or defensive-midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the Wales national team. Although he is seeing minimal Premier League game time at Chelsea however no one at the club has any questions over his defensive skills. The 18-year-old has already won six caps for Wales and is esteemed so imperative to the Blues squad that a loan offer from Derby in January was promptly dismissed.
#4. Dominik Szoboszlai (Country-Hungary / Position-Central Midfielder / Club-Red Bull Salzburg / Age-18 years)
Dominik Szoboszlai became the first player born in 2000 to be added to the club’s senior squad after signing his professional terms for Bundesliga club Red Bull Salzburg. Being regarded as the best talent in decades for Hungarian football, Dominik has already featured for the Hungary senior team and has been a regular in Bundesliga for his club.
#5. Hamed Junior Traorè (Country-Ivory Coast / Position-Attacking Midfielder / Club-Empoli / Age-19 years)
Hamed Junior Traore made his club debut at 16 for Empoli two years back. His consistent performances for the club in Seria A caught the eyes of many big name European clubs. His phenomenal dribbling skills allow him to be incredibly creative in the attacking third and a nightmare for opposing defenses. While he hasn’t exactly translated his fantastic club form onto the international pitch, it is only a matter of time before Hamed makes Ivory Coast one of the premier teams in Africa.
#6. Lee Kang-in (Country-South Korea / Position-Attacking Midfielder / Club-Valencia / Age-18 years)
Lee Kang-in who became an overnight sensation in South Korea after appearing in a TV reality show at the age of 6, was spotted by La Liga giants Valencia and added to their youth academy in 2011. Later, he was officially added to their first team squad in 2018. The versatile and scintillating attacking midfielder has already featured in both La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Lee was even included among the substitutes for the Champions League group meeting with Manchester United at Mestalla.
#7. Josh Thomas Sargent (Country-USA / Position-Forward / Club-Werder Bremen / Age-19 years)
This 19 year old American forward is fast becoming a rage in Bundesliga with his consistency in front of the goal. Josh Sargent netted for the US national team in his first outing, while his first Bundesliga goal came with his very first touch in his debut match for Werder Bremen. Due to his phenomenal performances, he was rewarded with “long-term” contract extension with the club in February 2019.
#8. Leonardo Campana Romero (Country-Ecuador / Position-Forward / Club-Barcelon SC / Age-18 years)
Leonardo Campana is perhaps the finest young talent Ecuador has produced in ages. He helped his country win the U-20 South American Championships for the first time in history as he grabbed the ‘Golden Boot‘ award after scoring 6 times in 9 outings. He is currently playing in Ecuadorian Seria A for his club Barcelona SC.
#9. Ante Palaversa (Country-Croatia / Position-Midfielder / Club-Manchester City / Age-19 years)
Premier League champions Manchester City wrapped up the signing of this Croatian sensation in the January transfer window. Ante Palaversa was immediately sent back on loan to his hometown club Hadjut Split for adequate game time. Palaversa, an all-round midfielder, is adept at playing both as a defensive cover for the backline and as an attacking midfielder, has been a regular starter for Hadjut Split. His rapid development is being closely monitored by his parent club.
#10. Takefusa Kubo (Country-Japan / Position-Forward / Club-Real Madrid / Age-18 years)
In August 2009, he was awarded MVP at FC Barcelona Soccer Camp in which he participated at the age of eight. Takefusa Kubo was immediately signed by Barcelona but due to some contortion in the club’s overseas recruitment policies, he was sent back to Japan. After 3 years, he joined FC Tokyo and became the youngest player to score in J-League. This outrageously gifted attacker, also known as “the Japanese Messi” was signed by Real Madrid in January 2019, on a 5-year deal. He will play for Real Madrid Castilla (the club’s reserve team) in the Secunda Divison.