The game of football has been dominated by two titans of the sport, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, for more than a decade now. The two greats of the modern game have won an astonishing 11 Ballon d'Or awards between them over the last 12 seasons.
Their dominance in the game of football may never be matched in the near future. With Cristiano Ronaldo turning 36 and Lionel Messi turning 34 next year, the responsibility of providing football fans with magic, goals, and dominance over football matches will be passed on to the next generation.
Football is a sport that is currently being dominated by young, fearless individuals who are not taken aback by the spotlight and the pressure that comes with playing on the biggest stage.
Majority of the top-level clubs in Europe are going through a change of guard. Teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are going through a revolution currently and are looking to build their teams around young players under the age of 21 who have the potential to be world-beaters.
Therefore, as we seemingly enter into a new era of football, we will take a look at 10 youngsters who have the ability to dominate the sport this season and for many years to come.
#10 Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund
Not many players in world football have burst onto the scene like Erling Haaland has. The Norwegian striker caught the attention of the football world with eleven goals in his first seven appearances for RB Salzburg.
Haaland then went on to score six goals in his first three games in Europe's top competition, setting a new record for the most goals by a player in his first three appearances in the Champions League. He caught the attention of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, and ended up joining the German club in January 2020.
Haaland took to the Bundesliga like a fish to water, boasting a prolific scoring record for Dortmund. To date, he has registered 17 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances for the club.
The 20-year-old striker seems to be in the mould of a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic and if he turns out to be anywhere near the level of the giant Swede, he truly will be a force to be reckoned with.