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The Top 10 Teenagers in World Football

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1.85K   //    13 Jul 2011, 16:47 IST

Every year with new kids arriving on the football field, fans get excited. Young prospects are tagged as the next big thing but more often than not they fail to live up to their expectation. But there seems to be a classy few young guns out there who could in a few years time be the next “Best Player in the world”

10.Xherdan Shaqiri
Club: FC Basel
Age: 19

The Swiss Winger is already making waves in his homeland and away since scoring his debut International goal against England in a Euro 2012 qualifier. He was also included in the recently concluded Euro U-21 Team of the Tournament. With the big clubs awaiting, a move is in the horizon.

9.Erik Lamela
Club: AS Roma

Having just switched over to Rome from the relegated River Plate for an estimated €20 million, he is ready to make waves in Europe. A player with similarity to Javier Pastore and probably with even greater talents, he is Argentina’s next big thing.

8.Stephen El Shaarway
Club: AC Milan

Touted as the “next Kaka”, his main assets are his blistering pace and ability to unlock opposing teams with his trickery and clever passing. With Milan Coach Allegri stating that he will be a regular first team player, one can expect big things in near future.

7.Raphael Varane
Club: Real Madrid

A transfer to Madrid is not good- not good at all especially if you are 18. But if he is really good he should start considering that the Real defense is in shambles. The RC Lens prodigy, according to Mourinho is “class”.

6.Ryo Miyaichi
Club: Arsenal

Arsene Wenger buys this sort of players evey time and not every one turns out to be good. The Japanese midfielder picked from a school in Tokyo has spent six months on loan at Feyenerood. Result- he is set to replace Andrey Arshavin in the starting 11.

5.Phil Jones
Club: Manchester United

A transfer to a big club at an young age might not be the best option for a talented youngstar. But a move under Sir Alex who has already moulded  Cristiano Ronaldo and Javier Hernandez, it might be a great thing. With Rio Ferdinand struggling for fitness, expect this versatile player to be a big asset for United.

4.Mario Gotze
Club: Borussia Dortmund

The German Attacking midfielder has already earned six international caps. With German Football Association’s technical director Matthias Sammer calling him “one of the best talents that we’ve ever had,” he looks set to dethrone Mesut Ozil in the national team as the starting choice in a couple of years time. A big transfer is awating but before that he has the Champions League with the Bundesliga champions to show case his talents.

3.Romelu Lukaku
Club: Anderlecht

He has been the subject of intense transfer speculation for the last couple of years already. With a price tag believed to be around €35 million a lot of big clubs want him-Chelsea, Madrid and Milan. With a powerful physique, good speed and outstanding finishing abilities he is the future star.

Club: Santos

Is he the next Messi? That will be answered couple of years later. For now, he is an outstanding player and a move to Europe is surely on the cards. He has got quick feet and provided he cuts out his unnecessary diving, he is set to become the next Brazilian hotshot.

1.Jack Wilshere
Club: Arsenal

He was Arsenal’s most consistent player last season ahead of the likes of Fabregas and Nasri and having already replaced Frank Lampard in the England starting 11- his best days are still miles ahead. He is versatile and can play in left wing, as a number 10 or in the defensive midfield. With discipline and hard work one expects big things from him.

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