The world of football has seen several remarkable talents emerge over the past couple of years. Some of these young players have already attained stardom, while others have begun to make a name for themselves.
Clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, and Juventus have all started recruiting these youngsters, with Ousmane Dembele, Frenkie de Jong, João Félix, Marcus Rashford, Kai Havertz, and Kylian Mbappe being some of the most sought after talents in football today.
Exciting prospects like Vinicius Junior, Matthijs de Ligt, and Phil Foden are also players who have exploded onto the stage and are destined to become superstars in the future.
Here we analyze the best players aged 22 or under and rank them based on their current achievements and potential.
#5 Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona might have scooped up one of the biggest upcoming stars of the game when they signed 22-year-old Frenkie de Jong from Ajax Amsterdam this summer. A ball-playing midfielder who's known for close control of the ball, tremendous passing ability, and dribbling skills, de Jong is often compared to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta and will be one of the biggest names in European football in the years to come.
Frenkie de Jong caught the attention of the whole world, with his remarkable performances for Ajax last season, under manager Erik ten Hag. He is best remembered for his scintillating displays against former European champions Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus, in the Champions League knockout games.
De Jong was the standout player for an Ajax team that had an astonishing campaign last season, where they won the Dutch double for the first time in 17 years and were on the verge of playing the Champions League final.