9 Next Big Stars of World Football

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9 Next Big Stars of World Football
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As FIFA handed out its yearly awards to the world's best senior players on Monday in Zurich, another generation was already plotting their downfall.

Each generation has its own group of great players. The following nine youngsters could—maybe should—be some of the best of the next generation.

These nine players are listed in no particular order. They were selected based on both potential and previous achievements.

Finally, a word about some other famous names. We've left out bigger names like Neymar, Mario Gotze, Oscar and Eden Hazard—not because they aren't great, but because they are already much closer to greatness than most of the players here.

Let's get to the list.

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