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World Cup 2018 : Who is the Best Young Player?

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Muller won the award in 2010 for his five goals.

#1 Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)

Venezuela v Brazil - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers
Jesus' numbers for Brazil are frightening.

Age: 21 International Caps: 15 Goals: 9

If anyone can steal Mbappe's limelight, it is Gabriel Jesus in the Selecao colours.

Jesus is a proven goalscorer at the age of only 21. He has 20 league goals in just 39 appearances for Manchester City. There is no doubting that Jesus knows how to find the back of the net, but there is a lot more to his game. He is a fabulous athlete who will press the opposition from the first to the final minute tirelessly. On top of that, his movement is extremely tricky, and that makes him a defender's nightmare.

He has also formed a devastating trio for Brazil with Neymar and Coutinho. His pace helps him shift to the wings as and when required, which allows the trio to interchange positions, making it extremely difficult for the opposition to deploy proper marking systems, be it man-to-man or zonal. Gabriel is extremely loved by the Brazilians, and they expect a Ronaldo-like performance from the youngster in the coming World Cup. While that may sound too tough an ask, Jesus surely knows what it takes to succeed in the famous yellow of Brazil. After all, there is a reason why Tite continues to prefer Jesus upfront despite competitor Roberto Firmino's brilliant form of late.

Jesus can score tonnes of goals, and create them just as frequently. Brazil are aiming for the ultimate prize and it won't be possible without a huge contribution from Gabriel Jesus. If things go according to plan, he might race to the Best Young Player without much competition at all. However, no Brazilian has won the award since Pele won the inaugural one in 1958. 60 years on, Jesus would love to change that...

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