Speaking of young stars destined for the very top, 21-year-old Bologna midfielder Rene Krhin is another who fits the bill.
Having shone for hometown club NK Maribor as a 16-year-old, Krhin was soon snapped up by Inter Milan.
However, the Slovenia international found his game time limited under Jose Mourinho and was behind established stars like Wesley Sneijder and Sulley Muntari in the pecking order.
But when he moved to Bologna in 2010 for €2 million, his luck wasn't getting much better, and he's found himself playing second fiddle to Gaston Ramirez this season.
Which is why he's relatively unheard of in the game.
Krhin recently scored his first goal for Bologna against Lazio last week, and that has since made people take notice of the young star, who has impressed over the past few seasons when he has had an opportunity to play.
A tall, strong, domineering player who's one of the best midfielders in Serie A aerially, Krhin is a very good, technical-holding midfielder, with an accurate tackle, great vision and long-range passing ability, and a decent eye for a goal.
He has the natural qualities to make it in any league in Europe, and he's probably one of the best young players in Serie A you've never heard of.
See his spectacular goal against Lazio here (skip to 0:30).