Last week, Mario Goetze reminded football fans of just how rare a talent he is. The 20-year-old spearheaded Dortmund's attack, playing a part in all of his side's goals, as BVB beat Ajax 4-1 in Amsterdam and secured a top-placed finish in Champions League Group D.
Blighted by injuries, the German international has had a frustrating 2012 calendar year. And while he has shown promise since the beginning of the current season, he only truly showed his class last Wednesday.
In honor of Goetze's sensational return to form, we have compiled a list of the top 10 young attacking midfielders in world football. Players selected are central playmakers or wingers, age 21 and under. Read on for the full list, in alphabetical order by surname.