πŸ’« Which of these wonderkids will graduate to global superstardom?

πŸ’« Which of these wonderkids will graduate to global superstardom?

The NxGn series by Goal is a wonderfully visual tribute to some of the best wonderkids emerging on the global scene. 

Their top 20 is a dazzling combination of stars who are already household names in their own right (we're looking at you Ansu Fati, Eduardo Camavinga, Gio Reyna and Pedri) and a handful of talents still forcing their way through into respective first teams around the world.

Here's our take on them. 

☄️ The next generation of wonderkids

🇪🇸 Ansu Fati (18)

Electric pace, ice-cold finishing and supreme confidence mean that the Barca boy is headed straight for the top. He's smashed records already for Barcelona and Spain in his fledgeling career, and he's likely to continue in that fashion when he's back from injury.

🇫🇷 Eduardo Camavinga (18)

Rennes has a priceless gem on their hands here. Camavinga is an all-action central midfield player with a wand of a left foot and virtually no weaknesses, and he third-youngest player in history to be capped by France.

🇺🇸 Gio Reyna (18)

The USA's next household name, Gio's height and elegance in a playmaking role have drawn comparisons with Brazilian great, Kaká. 

🇪🇸 Pedri (18)

Astonishingly composed in possession and tactically intelligent, Pedri looks set to be a midfield mainstay at the Nou Camp for many years.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jude Bellingham (17)

A mature performer capable of playing anywhere across the midfield, and already a trusted lieutenant in the first-team furniture at Borussia Dortmund. One of a host of prodigious talents coming through for England's Three Lions.  

🇩🇪 Florian Wirtz (17)

Leverkusen's latest academy talent looks right at home on a football pitch, scoring goals and making the play from a variety of midfield positions.

🇳🇱 Ryan Gravenberch (18)

In the best Dutch traditions of Ajax, Gravenberch is a box-to-box midfielder who can do a bit of everything and looks to always have time on the ball. 

🇩🇪 Jamal Musiala (18)

England's loss will be Germany's gain. Musiala has switched international allegiances to Die Mannschaft and he could hardly be in a better environment for both club and country. The precocious Bayern talent is a goal-scoring midfielder with a languid, casual running style and he's even comfortably being deployed as a second striker.

🇳🇱 Mo Ihattaren (19)

The PSV playmaker is blessed with a silky touch, vision and superb decision-making skills and is one of the finest Dutch talents emerging in an exciting new generation for the Orange. A classic number 10 wearing the number 10 jersey. 

🇧🇷 Reinier Jesus (19)

Reinier is an attacking midfielder who likes to take risks in the final third. He has found playing time hard to come by during his loan stint at Borussia Dortmund but it's just a matter of time before he shines at the top level. Perhaps it will be back at his parent club, Real Madrid. 

🇫🇷 Rayan Cherki (17)

The Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas pulls no punches when speaking about the flamboyant playmaker --- "If Cherki stays at Lyon the next few years he can become better than Mbappe, he has more technique and is more precocious."

🇧🇷 Gabriel Veron (18)

Curiously named after Argentina legend Juan Sebastián Veron, the talented wide man has great balance, a low-centre-of gravity and an eye for the unpredictable. He's also a newly-crowned Copa Libertadores champion after Palmeiras' glorious run. 

🇺🇸 Yunus Musah (18)

The Valencia man represented England at youth levels but is now a fully-fledged USA international. His versatility, pace and power should come in mighty handy for the Stars & Stripes. 

🇧🇪 Jérémy Doku (18)

Blessed with pace and directness, Doku earned his first cap for Belgium in September last year, and he's already got plenty of Champions League experience under his belt. He and Camavinga are Rennes' two most precious assets.

🇩🇪 Youssoufa Moukoko (16)

Frighteningly clinical in front of goal, the Cameroon-born striker has made a mockery of youth level football, making his U15 debut for Borussia Dortmund aged 12. He's now a first-teamer and the youngest player to ever appear in the UEFA Champions League. He's also a Germany U21 international. 

🇫🇷 Tanguy Nianzou (18)

PSG might well end up regretting their decision to let this youngster go. Nianzou is an elegant central defender with a knack for scoring goals, and he is comfortable playing in a variety of positions at the back. 

🇵🇹 Fábio Silva (18)

The goals still need to arrive for Wolves' record signing, but there's no faulting his attitude and application. A relentless, physically-imposing number 9. 

🇧🇷 Kaio Jorge (19)

The next big hope for Santos and Brazil. Kaio Jorge is not yet a prolific goal-scorer, but his intelligence and smart off-the-ball movement make him a teammate's dream and he's only getting better.

🇨🇮 Amad Diallo (18)

Immediately endeared himself to Man United fans with a smart header against AC Milan in the Europa League. The Ivorian is a flamboyant wide player who loves to dribble off both flanks, dazzling fans and bamboozling defenders in the process.

🇭🇷 Joško Gvardiol (19)

Rb Leipzig parted with 16m to sign the imposing centre back from Dinamo Zagreb and that fee might turn out to be a very smart investment when he joins Die Roten Bullen on July 1st. "In Josko Gvardiol, we've signed one of the best defensive talents in Europe," enthused Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche. "As a left-footed defender, he makes us more versatile at the back."

Remember these names because we're going to be hearing an awful lot about them in the next decade and more.

💯 Honourable mentions

  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Harvey Elliott 
  • 🇦🇷 Exequiel Zeballos
  • 🇦🇷 Luka Romero
  • 🇧🇷 Yan Couto
  • 🇦🇷 Darío Sarmiento
  • 🇪🇸 Ilaix Moriba