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Club: Real Madrid
Topping the list is Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane—a mature 19-year-old who has already become one of the best players in his position in La Liga.
His consistent performances have seen him given a healthy run of games in the side's defence by coach Jose Mourinho, and he has proved a trustworthy choice for the biggest fixtures on the calendar.
The Frenchman is a dominant tackler but also possesses prodigious technical abilities for a central defender. He is perfectly capable of making a tricky pass under pressure or bringing the ball out from the back by himself.
After Real's Copa del Rey draw against Barcelona earlier this year, Spanish newspaper El Pais led with the headline "Barca can’t handle Varane," saluting his performance against the Blaugrana (h/t National Post).
He is surely the best teenager in world football right now.
Who else might have made this list? Who has the potential to feature within the next 12 months?