Coming out of adolescence is a big occasion in the life of any aspirational sportsperson, and for the professional footballer, it signals the beginning of the end as a promising talent.
At the age of 20, no longer is a player simply a “promising talent.” Now, he is coming to the stage of his career when a certain standard is expected on a weekly basis, game in, game out.
That being said, investing in the youth is as popular as ever, and more money is being splashed on teenagers right now than has been witnessed in previous generations.
Even between the ages of 13 and 19, a player can be lumped with an enormous amount of responsibility. And with media coverage in its prime, we always have a good idea of who the world’s elite are keeping their eyes on.
The following 10 teens are yet to celebrate their 20th birthdays but have already made enough of an impression in the world of football to draw some major interest.