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10 youngsters who will dominate world football this season

Varun Totadri
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Modified 09 Oct 2020, 17:14 IST
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#9 Alphonso Davies | Bayern Munich

Alphonso Davies has quickly become a key player for Bayern Munich
Alphonso Davies has quickly become a key player for Bayern Munich

Alphonso Davies' rise to stardom at Bayern Munich has been nothing short of meteoric. The 19-year-old Canadian is already considered to be one of the best left-backs in world football after playing just two seasons in Europe.

Davies joined Bayern Munich from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS and initially played for Bayern Munich II. However, he was quickly promoted to the senior squad after the coaching staff noticed his potential.

In his second season at Bayern Munich, Davies established himself as the club's first-choice left-back after David Alaba was deployed as a central defender, as he was selected ahead of record signing Lucas Hernandez.

Davies played a starring role in the German giants' treble-winning season in which he became the first Canadian to win the Champions League. The sky is the limit for Davies, who seems to have the world at his feet at the moment.


#8 Mason Greenwood | Manchester United

Mason Greenwood is arguably the most two-footed player in world football
Mason Greenwood is arguably the most two-footed player in world football
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Some would question the inclusion of Mason Greenwood in such an elite list of players, but at the tender age of 19, he has established himself as a starter for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Greenwood was arguably one of Manchester United's best players in the 2019-20 season, where the club finished third in the Premier League and made it to the semi-finals of three Cup competitions.

The Englishman scored 10 Premier League goals in his full season with United and became the first teenager to score at least five goals in a European season for the Red Devils.

Amidst all the uncertainty and distress going on at Manchester United, Greenwood seems to be the sole bright spot at the club. The teenager has the qualities required to become an elite goal-scorer and is currently in a crucial phase of his development process.


#7 Ansu Fati | Barcelona

Ansu Fati is the present and the future for Barcelona
Ansu Fati is the present and the future for Barcelona

It's hard to believe that Ansu Fati is still only 17. The Barcelona youth-product made his debut last season for Barcelona, signing his first professional contract in July 2019.

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Fati surprised one and all with his performances for Barcelona last season. The teenager scored 10 goals in just 27 games in first season in professional football, which earned him a call up to the Spanish national team. The 17-year-old recently scored his first goal for La Roja against Ukraine and became's the country's youngest ever goalscorer.

Fati is proving to be the player the Barcelona have been crying out for in recent years. The Catalan giants have spent more than £300 million on attacking players like Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho but seem to have found the player they were looking for in their own youth system.

It will be interesting to see if Fati can replicate his performances from last season, or even improve on them. The Spaniard has the best mentor and his idol Lionel Messi playing alongside him at Barcelona and will look to learn from the Argentine talisman.


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Published 09 Oct 2020, 17:14 IST
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