Part 1: Ranking the Top 50 World Footballers Under 25

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Part 1: Ranking the Top 50 World Footballers Under 25
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2011 Ballon d'Or winner Leo Messi

A beautiful attribute about world football is that no matter the age, a player can absolutely express himself to the fullest and shine on the biggest stage.

Within that same notion, the age of players making their proverbial marks on both the international and club levels has continued to get younger and younger.

Notables just missing the cut for this slide show: André Ayew, Nuri Şahin, Thiago Alcântara, Ángel di María, Alexandre Pato, Ganso, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Mario Balotelli, Sebastian Giovinco, Toni Kroos, David Luiz, Ramires, Pedro Rodriguez and Marcelo.

Without further ado, let's take a look at Part 1 the top 50 footballers under 25 years of age.

*Here is part 2

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