The Top 20 Most Exciting Teenagers In World Football Have Been Ranked
The most exciting teenagers in world football have been ranked and Liverpool have the top Premier League wonderkid, while Arsenal and Manchester United both boast two players in the top 20.
Football magazine FourFourTwo have listed the 50 most thrilling teenage players and No 1 on the countdown is Barcelona's Ansu Fati. The Calatan giants may be struggling, on and off the pitch, but they boast two elite prospects in 18-year-old attackers Fati and Pedri.
Comparing Fati (expected to return from injury soon) to Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe, FourFourTwo reckon the player looks "like the most exciting talent in a generation to light up the Camp Nou."
Second on the list is an English player, Jude Bellingham. The 17-year-old midfielder is already making his mark at Borussia Dortmund after leaving Birmingham City, so the German club may as well just retire his shirt number now. Right?
Liverpool's Curtis Jones is the highest Premier League teen, however, coming in fourth. The 19-year-old who's being increasingly trusted by Jurgen Klopp and FFT rate him as an "ever-developing and extremely intelligent footballer".
Arsenal pair Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are eighth and 11th respectively. Saka comes in for particular praise with FourFourTwo claiming: "Wherever he plays, he's usually Arsenal's best player."
Mason Greenwood (ninth) makes the top 10, despite his struggles this season after an amazing breakthrough 2019/20 when he netted 17 first-team goals for Manchester United. His new teammate Amad Diallo, who joined the club in January, is 17th on his raw potential.
Real Madrid also boast two players in the top 20, but both are out on loan: Japan's Takefuso Kubo (at Getafe) and Brazilian Reinier (at Borussia Dortmund). Wolves £35 million Fabio Silva is 15th, while Blackburn's loanee from Liverpool, Harvey Elliott, also makes the cut.
The top 20 exciting teenagers in football are below or you can see FourFourTwo's full 50 listing here.
20. Harvey Elliott (Blackburn/Liverpool)
19. Tanguy Nianzou (Bayern Munich)
18. Lee Kang-in (Valencia)
17. Amad Diallo (Man United)
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16. Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
15. Fabio Silva (Wolves)
14. Mohamed Ihattaren (PSV)
13. Rayan Cherki (Lyon)
12. Reinier (Borussia Dortmund/Real Madrid)
11. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
10. Takefuso Kubo (Getafe/Real Madrid)
9. Mason Greenwood (Man United)
8. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
7. Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes)
6. Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)
5. Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
4. Curtis Jones (Liverpool)
3. Pedri (Barcelona)
2. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
1. Ansu Fati (Barcelona)
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