Barcelona's 19-year-old midfield sensation Pedri has capped a stellar year by being named as 2021's Golden Boy, and he leads the way as the planet's most valuable teenage footballer.
Here they are according to transfermarkt.
💶 The 10 most valuable teenage footballers
- 🇪🇸 Pedri - €80m
- 🏴 Jude Bellingham - €70m
- 🇩🇪 Florian Wirtz - €65m
- 🇪🇸 Ansu Fati - €60m
- 🇫🇷 Eduardo Camavinga - €55m
- 🇩🇪 Jamal Musiala - €50m
- 🇺🇸 Giovanni Reyna - €42m
- 🇵🇹 Nuno Mendes - €40m
- 🇳🇱 Ryan Gravenberch - €33m
- 🇪🇸 Yeremi Pino - €30m
Pedri's sensational string of displays at Euro 2020 earned him the Young Player of the Tournament award as he helped Spain to the semifinals. Including national team games for the senior Spain squad and their Tokyo Olympics side, Pedri played 73 matches for club and country last season, in what was his first year in top-flight football.
Another young man who's been raising eyebrows around the football world is Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham. The ex-Birmingham man only turned 18 in June this year, but the astonishingly complete nature of his midfield performances has been something to behold, especially in the Champions League. His versatility and innate ability to fit into various systems will make him a jewel in his club and country's crowns for a decade and more.
Like Bellingham, Bayer Leverkusen dynamo Florian Wirtz only turned 18 earlier this year but he's already a mainstay for his club and an interesting option for the German national team. He's got four goals and six assists in 10 Bundesliga outings this term, a remarkable return for a midfielder, let alone one who was born in 2003.
Pedri's Barça teammate, a young man who recently inherited Leo Messi's fabled number 10 jersey at the Nou Camp (no pressure, kid) is Ansu Fati. Injuries have halted his progress in 2021 but when he's fully fit again, this is a player who will obliterate defences with his devastating directness in wide areas.
Real Madrid's French midfield maestro Eduardo Camavinga is a potential heir to Casemiro's throne in the engine room at the Bernabéu, and it's easy to see why. The ex-Rennes man is unnaturally composed and mature on the ball as he pings passes around the pitch with his cultured left foot. Life after Casemiro and Luka Modrić will be an unfamiliar sight for Los Blancos fans, but Eduardo Camavinga has the tools and stature to fill the gap.
If you were the owner of a club with a blank cheque book, which of these stellar emerging names would you sign? With a staggering amount of young talent in world football at the moment, the future is now and it's in good hands.