Mostbet and UEFA.com reporters have named 50 young players who have the potential to grow into the new stars of the UEFA Champions League. How many names do you know?
Yacine Adly (France, Bordeaux – 19 years old)
Moved to Bordeaux from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2019. In December, he scored the most beautiful goal for Olympique on its field. At Bordeaux, Adly is coached by Paulo Sousa, one of the best “support” of his time.
Alessandro Bastoni (Italy, Inter – 21 years old)
After a season on loan from Parma, the central defender returned to Inter in the summer of 2019. He made his Serie A debut for the Black and Blue in September and has since developed into a solid first-team player.
Blendi Baftiu (Kosovo, Balkani – 22 years old)
Gifted attacking midfielder. Top scorer of the Kosovo championship with 10 goals in 17 games. He is expected to be called up to the main team very soon.
Myron Boadu (Netherlands, “Alkmaar” – 19 years old)
Born in Amsterdam to a Ghanaian family. In his first full season in the main team of “Alkmaar” Dutch “youth” striker scored in the national championship and in the UEFA Europa League.
Domagoj Bradaric (Croatia, Lille – 20 years old)
Technical left-back, always ready to join attacks. Proven himself two years ago at Hajduk and continued to progress at Lille.
Maarten Vandevoordt (Belgium, Genk – 18 years old)
The Genk trainee became the youngest ever UEFA Champions League goalkeeper when he played against Napoli in December, aged 17 years and 287 days. He grew up on the same street as Simon Mignola.
Zinho Vanheusden (Belgium, FC Standard – 20 years old)
The central defender was named after Brazilian star Zinho of the nineties. He switched from Standard Madrid to Inter at a young age, but returned to Liege in 2019 for a record-breaking fee for Belgian soccer. Steadily plays in the main lineup of the Reds.
Jari Verscharen (Belgium, Anderlecht – 18 years old)
At 17, became the youngest scorer in the history of the final stages of youth EURO. He made his debut and scored his first goal for the Belgian national team.
Dušan Vlahović (Serbia, Fiorentina – 20 years old)
Signed his first professional contract with Partizan at the age of 15. At Fiorentina, where he spends his second season, the 190 cm tall forward is called the new Ibrahimovic.
Mason Greenwood (England, Manchester United – 18 years old).
Scored against Astana aged 17 and 353 days, making him United’s youngest goalscorer in a European competition. Made his first start in a Premier League game in December. Has a good shot from both feet.
Jonathan David (Canada, Gent – 20 years old)
In his first 12 games for Canada, scored 11 times. In Belgium, he played no less efficiently and scored 30 goals for Gent. Three of them came in this Europa League.
Zuriko Davitashvili (Rubin, Georgia – 19 years old)
The move from the Georgian championship to the Russian Premier League was easy for the midfielder. At 19, the son of a scoring forward Suliko Davitashvili is playing for the first national team of Georgia.
Rhys James (England, Chelsea – 20 years old)
Spent last season on loan at Wigan, and at the beginning of the year he became a Chelsea first-team player. He played for the first time in the Champions League at home stadium against AFC Ajax and scored straight away.
Dodo (Brazil, Shakhtar – 21 years old).
The 166 cm tall right-back spent last season at Vitoria Guimaraes. He returned to Shakhtar in summer and quickly found his feet in Ukraine. In autumn he regularly played in the Champions League matches.
Eduardo Camavanga (France, Rennes – 17 years old)
The quick, technical midfielder broke into Rennes’ first team at the end of last season. He started the new campaign as the club’s main player and scored his debut goal in the French championship in December.
Boubacar Camara (France, Olympique – 20 years old)
The second season is the main central defender for Olympique. Not a giant for his position – 184 cm. He compensates for this with speed and playmaking intelligence.
Michal Karbovnik (Poland, “Legia” – 19 years old)
He is nominal left-back, who can also play in the midfield a la Kante. He is already the main player of Legia. Could be the most expensive transfer in the history of Polish League when he moves abroad.
Vadim Karpov (Russia, CSKA – 17 years old)
Despite his unsuccessful debut (1-5 against Ludogorets in Europa League) the CSKA trainee secured his place in the center of defense and became the youngest midfielder in the Russian Premier League history (17 years, 70 days).
Jules Kunde (France, Sevilla – 21 years old)
The central defender made a name for himself at Bordeaux, where he was brilliant at distributing long-range passes. Moved to Sevilla in summer.
Sekou Koita (Mali, Salzburg – 20 years old)
In the fall, everyone was talking about Erling Holann. But the young Mali player also had a great start to the season, scoring six goals in the first seven games of the Austrian championship.
Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden, Juventus – 20 years old)
The scoring midfielder attracted attention at Parma and Atalanta, earning a status move to Juventus. He is currently on loan at Parma again, and could go to UEFA EURO 2020 with Sweden next summer.
Diego Llanes (Mexico, Betis – 19 years old)
A diminutive midfielder with a high passing culture. Moved to Sevilla in January. If the press is to be believed, his move was the most expensive transfer from Mexico to Europe.
Noah Lang (Netherlands, Ajax – 20 years old)
Bold, speedy winger who makes a great impact in small spaces. In December became the first author of a hat-trick in his debut match for Ajax since 1959. This season he played at Twente.
Rafael Leão (Portugal, AC Milan – 20 years old)
Portugal’s Mbappe moved from Lille to AC Milan last summer. At Sporting, the youth coaches thought he was more talented than Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age.
Bogdan Lednev (Ukraine, Dynamo Kyiv – 22 years old)
The left-footed playmaker regularly strikes at goal and is famous for his ability to perform standard situations. This season he plays for Zorya on loan.
Lee Kang-in (South Korea, Valencia – 19 years old)
The South Korean attacking midfielder made his first start in a Spanish league match in September and also became the youngest Korean player in the Champions League.
Florentino Luiz (Portugal, Benfica – 20 years old)
In Portugal he is called Polva, meaning Octopus, for braiding his tentacles around the midfield. The energetic and tenacious midfielder is already of interest to top clubs.
Dennis Man (Romania, Steaua – 21 years old)
A great show at the domestic arena and having made it to Romania’s first national team, this technical forward seems to be ready for a move to a big foreign club.
Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil, Arsenal – 18 years old)
The first Canaries forward since Ian Wright to score four goals in his first four games as a starter. Jurgen Klopp dubbed the forward the “talent of the century”.
Nikola Moro (Croatia, Dinamo Zagreb – 22 years old)
The powerful and efficient midfielder fit quickly into Dinamo’s midfield after recovering from a nasty knee injury. He may be a starter for the Croatian national team.
Strahinja Pavlovic (Serbia, Monaco – 18 years old)
The central defender was in the “core” of the Belgrade club all last year. At the end of December he was bought by Monaco but loaned back immediately. Pavlovic was expected to make his debut for Serbia’s first national team this year.
Troy Parrott (Ireland, Tottenham – 18 years old)
The forward regularly responds on the field to those who have criticized his debut for the Irish national team as an adult in 2019. In December, he played his first game in the Premier League.
Takis Retzos (Greece, Bayer – 21 years old)
His last season was marred by injuries, but the former Olympiacos defender has recovered and is in great form. On the field, Retzos is calm and collected beyond his years. He’s good at free kicks.
Bukayo Saca (Arsenal England – 18 years old).
Youngest scorer for Arsenal in European competitions since 2008, when Aron Ramsey scored. In September, the winger scored against Eintracht in the Europa League at 18 years and 14 days old. Regularly appears in the “base” under Mikel Arteta.
Oyan Sunset (Spain, Athletic – 20 years old)
An attacking midfielder with a filigree technique this season, he has proven himself perfectly at Athletic and made the Spanish youth national team.
Arnor Sigurdsson (Iceland, CSKA – 20 years old)
The CSKA midfielder is the youngest Icelandic player in Champions League history. Sigurdsson opened the scoring for the national team in October.
Fabio Silva (Portugal, Porto – 17 years old)
Son of Jorge Silva, who played two matches for Portugal. In August the striker became the youngest Porto debutant in the league (17 years and 22 days) and in October he became the youngest goalscorer in the club’s history.
Dominik Soboslói (Hungary, Salzburg – 19 years old)
The Hungarian midfielder shoots well from both feet and draws comparisons to the primetime Paul Pogba. He is being watched closely by English clubs.
Kelvin Stenges (Netherlands, Alkmaar – 21 years old)
The bouncy winger is compared to Arjen Robben in terms of style of play. Had an excellent debut season at Alkmaar. In November 2019 he made his debut for the Dutch national team.
Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov (Russia, “Krasnodar” – 20 years old)
The 1.71-meter tall native of Dagestan regularly scores for the Russian youth team and the ambitious Krasnodar, where he became a player in the main squad.
Boubacarie Soumaré (France, Lille – 21 years old)
“Lille did not qualify for the Champions League playoffs but Soumaré’s mature play in midfield earned him plaudits.
Tomas Tavares (Benfica Portugal – 19 years old)
Tall and thin right-back with lush hair. A bit like Tom Magnier of PSG. Regularly played for Benfica in the Champions League this autumn.
Tete (Brazil, Shakhtar – 20 years old)
In Brazil, Tete has been nicknamed the Hurricane for his panic-stricken passes down the right flank and into the center. At Shakhtar he proves his high level.
Francisco Trincan (Portugal, Braga – 20 years old)
Left-back won the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, now playing for the youth national team. Excellent technique, game balance, the ability to play for the crowd. He has everything we like in Portuguese.
Ansu Fati (Spain, Barcelona -17 years old)
Helped Barcelona beat Inter 2-1 in December and became the youngest scorer in UEFA Champions League history (17 years and 40 days). Already called up to the Spanish youth national team.
Brian Gil (Spain, Sevilla – 19 years old)
Became the youngest goal scorer for Sevilla in the Spanish championship and, in November 2019, the first Spanish-born player born in the 21st century to score in the Europa League. He will spend the end of the season at Leganes.
Ryan Scherky (France, Lyon – 16 years old)
He’s called the most talented junior in France after Kylian Mbappe. On January 4, he became the youngest goal scorer in Lyon history at the age of 16 years and 140 days. Sherki’s youth team coach Jean-Baptiste Gregoire described the striker this way: “He does what no one expects him to do and grabs attention.”
Odsonne Edouard (France, Celtics – 22 years old)
A quick, athletic forward for his size. A pupil of the Paris Saint-Germain academy is one of the leaders of the French youth team and promises to grow into a world-class striker.
Dimitris Emmanoulidis (Greece, Panathinaikos – 19 years old)
Playing on loan for Panionios, the winger came on as a substitute this fall, but managed to score two goals, including one against Olympiacos. This year he became a player of the “basis”.
Tomas Esteves (Portugal, Porto – 18 years old)
Won the UEFA Youth League with the Dragons in the 2018/19 season. Allegedly Manchester City and Barcelona have already tried to buy the right-back, but Porto is in no hurry to part with him.