At any period of time, there are a handful of players at the top of the footballing world who define their eras.
In the 2000s, it was the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Fabio Cannavaro, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, while in recent years it has been Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, who have been universally hailed as the best around.
But who amongst the younger generation will take up that mantle? If you ask any Brazilian, the name of Neymar instantly arises, while European fans will offer the examples of Mario Gotze, Isco and Eden Hazard as potential greats.
Nothing, though, is set in stone. It takes true brilliance, and no shortage of hard work, to reach a level where you are acknowledged as a defining force of your time.
Let's take a look at 10 young players who could potentially be iconic figures in world football over the decade to come.