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5 best under-21 Brazilian talents in Europe

Watch out for these upcoming Samba starlets...

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Top 5 / Top 10 22 Oct 2017, 12:31 IST
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Gabriel Jesus and Gabigol helped Brazil win the gold medal in the Olympic games in 2016
Gabriel Jesus and Gabigol helped Brazil win the gold medal in the Olympic games in 2016

Brazil has always been a factory of talented players throughout history and is the home of a galaxy of football greats such as Pelé, Garrincha, Zico, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Neymar, to name a few.

Following what seemed to be a dark phase after the 7-1 hammering at the hands of the Germans in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final, on home soil, it seems that Brazilian football is on the rise again.

As a matter of fact, Brazil's talents are all over the old continent. Having said that, here are the best 5 under 21 Brazilian talents in Europe:


#5 Gabigol

Gabigol is on loan at Benfica and hopes to leave his best impression
Gabigol is on loan at Benfica and hopes to leave his best impression

Gabriel Barbosa was regarded as one of the biggest talents in the Brazilian league, in between 2015 and 2016. The Santos product impressed in the big games, more often than not, as many touted him to be the next great attacker of Brazil's national team.

The youngster earned his first Seleção call-up in 2016 and was part of Brazil's squad in Copa América, where he managed to score against Haiti after coming on as a sub. Barbosa would later join the national team for the Olympic games in Rio, where he would help his country achieve gold for the first time in its history.

Lack of game-time in Serie A meant that Gabigol would seek another club to revive his career and after a long period of negotiations in the summer, he joined Benfica. The 21-year old has so far done well in the few chances he has had with the Portuguese powerhouse and looks to be back on track.

For a player at the start of his career, Gabigol still has enough time to retrieve the level of performances that he has once shown at Santos and prove himself in Europe.


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