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5 of this season's biggest breakout stars 

Omene Osuya
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
17 Feb 2019, 22:40 IST

Messi has continued to lead from the front
Messi has continued to lead from the front

Across Europe, the 2018/2019 season has entered the crucial stages.

From the colorful and noisy atmosphere in the German Bundesliga to the smooth-flowing Spanish La Liga, teams have been busy trying to fulfill their pre-season promise. Some of the biggest names in world football have continued to play leading roles for their various club sides.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have remained the leading lights for their club sides; FC Barcelona and Juventus. These two have re-defined football with their goalscoring exploits and deeds over the last 12 years and have continued to put up staggering numbers so far this season.

However, alongside the Eternal Duo has emerged some previously unheralded players. These men have grabbed their chance in the limelight with both hands and emerged as genuine talked-about talent.

Here is a look at 5 of this season’s best breakout stars;

#5 Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Vinicius has been electric for Madrid
Vinicius has been electric for Madrid

The youngster was not supposed to play a leading role in the team this season. Officially becoming a Real Madrid player in August, the Brazilian was drafted to Castilla to ease him into the rigors of European football.

The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus left a huge gap in the team’s attacking lineup. This was a gap that the likes of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Marco, Asensio, and others struggled to fill.

The lack of verve and dynamism from the frontline meant that Vinicius was drafted into the senior side earlier than planned.

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Blessed with searing pace and brilliant dribbling, his combinations with Benzema has been a delight to watch. He has displayed fearlessness in his decision making and playing style. This has allowed him to become the X-Factor in a team that can sometimes be too static and predictable.

4 goals and 2 assists in 21 senior games for Los Merengues do not tell the full story of the impact he has had

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