There’s nothing more exciting than watching a young footballer fulfilling his potential with some of the biggest clubs in the world, or in the case of Kylian Mbappe, winning the World Cup as a 19-year-old. Here are some of the emerging talent players we are cheering on, crossing our fingers for their continued successes and improvement.
Paul Pogba, France/Manchester United
Before setting the highest transfer of all-time £89.3m in 2016, Paul Pogba won four-successive Serie A trophies at Juventus. Now the engine of the Red Devils, Paul Pogba is always keen on goal. With his infectious energy and leadership, Pogba helped guide Man U to an EFL Cup and a UEFA Europa League triumph. He also led France to its second World Cup trophy ever in 2018. The playmaker looks to add even more silverware to his trophy case.
Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur, England/Tottenham Hotspur
One of the best young footballers in the world, the 22-year-old midfielder Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur already has 48 club goals in 152 appearances. He also featured in the 2018 World Cup Russia, earning 31 caps for the Three Lions.
Kylian Mbappe, France/Paris St. Germain
Undoubtedly the best young player in the world, the 20-year-old French starlet Kylian Mbappe has already won one World Cup and shows flashes of the next Thierry Henry. With incredible vision, pace, and dribbling ability, Mbappe’s 24 international caps and nine goals are surely the starts of more greatness to come.
Marcus Rashford, Manchester United/England
English striker Marcus Rashford put himself on the map with debut goals at both the international level and in the Premier League, the latter against arch-rivals Arsenal. Now 21, the youngster continues to flash signs of upmost talent with 33 goals in 133 matches for the Red Devils.
Lautaro Martinez, Racing Club/Argentina
The 21-year old striker Lautaro Martinez scored 27 goals in his 60 games with Argentina side, Racing Club, before heading off to Serie A side Internazionale to become a superstar talent. A mix between Argentinian compatriots Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, Martinez appears to have a strong work ethic and some tricks up his sleeve to ensure a bright future.
Paulo Dybala, Juventus/Argentina
The 25-year-old forward and attacking midfielder Paulo Dybala continues to be in great form for Juventus. Nicknamed “The Jewel” for his unique playmaking and scoring abilities, Dybala has scored 73 goals in his 151 matches for the Turin side. He’s also earned 16 caps with the Argentina national side.
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City/England
The 24-year old winger and attacking midfielder Raheem Sterling starred on the Manchester City team that won the Premier League in the 2017/18 season. With 48 goals in 151 matches, the pacy dribbler poses his biggest threat on the wing. Sterling also appeared in England’s last two World Cups, earning him 46 national team caps to date.
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur/England
The 26-year-old English striker Harry Kane has thrived under the reign of manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, scoring a record-setting six hat-tricks in the 2017-18 Premier League season. His 56 goals that season also made him the top scorer in all of Europe, finally breaking the Ronaldo-Messi dominance. The only missing piece to Kane’s exceptional display is silverware.
Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund/England
The 18-year-old starlet is an active player for the German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund providing a spark of creativity in the midfield. He also made his first appearance for the England national team on October 4, 2018.
Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund/USA
The 20-year-old American winger has been a sensation for the Borussia Dortmund side, becoming the youngest foreign player to score a goal in the Bundesliga and then the youngest player ever to score two goals in the German league. Recently acquired by Chelsea, the Premiership offers him another chance to prove himself. The teenage starlet has also yet to play in a World Cup for his national side, but there’s no doubting he’s one of the most talented American ever to wear the kit. He's already scored nine international goals in his 21 appearances for the Stars and Stripes.
Cristian Pavon, Boca Juniors/Argentina
The 23-year old Argentine striker is already a fan favorite at Boca Juniors, exhibiting a dangerous combination of fast pace and dribbling skills. He was also one of the few Argentina players to impress at World Cup 2018, raising interest in Premier League clubs like Arsenal to replace the departing Alexis Sanchez.
Jan Oblak, Atlético Madrid/Slovenia
Once rated the best goalkeeper in the Portuguese league, The Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak moved on to Atletico Madrid where he’s continued to support the backline with his superb shot blocking ability. With 50 clean sheets in 157 games and a Europa League trophy in 2018, he’s looking to solidify his consistency again this season.