The top 50 young players in European football according to Sport.es
- August 6, 2013
Spanish newspaper Sport have named their top 50 young players in European football and.. since everyone loves a list, we have reproduced it below, in its most basic form.
The rules are as follows: the player must be born after January 1, 1990 and play in Europe.
And the players below feature in alphabetical order. Since Sport suggest to pick 50 players was hard enough – to then rank them was inviting disaster.
Sport produced a rather neat infographic and video section to look at each player individually (in Spanish) and this can be seen here.
Lists usually cause plenty of debate, so did Sport miss anyone on their top 50 youngsters list?
Who would you have included? And who just doesn’t deserve to be there?!
1. David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
2. Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid)
3. Rafa Alcantara (Celta Vigo – on loan from Barcelona)
4. Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
5. Marquinhos (PSG)
6. Mario Balotelli (AC Milan)
7. Marc Bartra (Barcelona)
8. Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk)
9. Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid – on loan from Chelsea)
10. Mattia Destro (Roma)
11. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton – on loan from Barcelona)
12. Julian Draxler (Schalke)
13. Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow)
14. Stephan El Shaaraway (AC Milan)
15. Christian Eriksen (Ajax)
16. Viktor Fischer (Ajax)
17. David De Gea (Manchester United)
18. Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)
19. Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund)
20. Alen Halilovic (Dynamo Zagreb)
21. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
22. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham)
23. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)
24. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)
25. Aleksandr Kokorin (Anzhi)
26. Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich)
27. Erik Lamela (Roma)
28. Nicola Leali (Spezia – on loan from Juventus)
29. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
30. Eliquim Mangala (Porto)
31. Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad)
32. Lucas Moura (PSG)
33. Yann M’Vila (Rubin Kazan)
34. Matija Nastasic (Manchester City)
35. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
36. Lucas Piazon (Chelsea)
37. Paul Pogba (Juventus)
38. James Rodriguez (Monaco)
39. Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid)
40. Jack Rodwell (Manchester City)
41. Oscar Dos Santos (Chelsea)
42. Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)
43. Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich)
44. Luke Shaw (Southampton)
45. Danilo Luiz Da Silva (Porto)
46. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
47. Marc Ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach)
48. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
49. Marco Verratti (PSG)
50. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
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