The thing about potential is that it never disappoints: Potential allows for an imagined future full of glory. More often than not, potential is slathered in hype. The problem is that hype has a magnetic effect on expectations, whether it covers real talent or not.
Then again, history is littered with young players who did not live up to the hype, not because they didn't have the talent, but because they couldn't make the transition from teenage wunderkind to full-blown star.
The children—and by that I mean teenagers—are our future. Even now, some are already contributing at the top levels of the game.
This year's batch of teenage talent features players from around the world. All of them have high expectations. Not all of them will live up to them.
Here are the 15 hottest teenage talents in the world, accounting for both hype and potential, in no particular order.