The Next Big Stars in Football: Who Made ESPN’s List?
As male football players continue to get younger, the question arises: who will be the successors to legendary players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo? Look no further than ESPN’s annual list of the game’s top young stars aged 21 or under.
Compiled by Tor-Kristian Karlsen, a former scout and executive for clubs like Monaco and Zenit, this year’s list features players who have made their mark on big stages already. From a long list of 100 players, only 39 made the cut based on appearances at the highest level, consistent performance, and potential for future success.
While defenders like Benfica’s Antonio Silva and Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini were considered, attacking players dominate the list due to their early exposure to playing time. The list includes players from the Premier League, LaLiga, and more, and features estimated transfer values from Transfermarkt.
Read on to learn about some of the standout players on ESPN’s list, including rising stars like Musah from the United States, Reyna from Borussia Dortmund, and Ugarte from Uruguay.
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