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World Football: 10 Youngsters on the Verge of Superstardom
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Lucas Moura, Stephan El Shaarawy and Raphael Varane are all established superstars in their own right, but who are the next generation of players set to join them?

One of the most exciting elements for fans of any sport is seeing a prodigious youth develop and reap the staggering potential he's had at his disposal.

The football world is littered with contenders, guys who, for one reason or another, never reached that potential, never got the chance to fulfill the dreams that they and their supporters shared so intimately.

But on the flip side, there are the players who come through and really change the sport.

People of a certain age still talk about the unknown kid Brazil were going to unveil in 1958 that ended up changing the football world forever. Anyone who saw Diego Maradona juggle the ball at halftime at the Bombonera as a child knew from that very moment that the football world would never be the same again.

The same can be said of Cristiano Ronaldo's 20-minute debut against Bolton, Lionel Messi terrorizing teams at La Masia and Johan Cruyff and George Best learning their trade on the streets of Amsterdam and Belfast, respectively.

In each and every case, the lucky few who bore witness to the skill in front of them reached the football equivalent of an epiphany.

Things have not changed that much, and the football world still produces talents that can make a grown man cry.

Here are 10 of the football world's best prodigies: boys who are destined to succeed and become men, but unless you're a fan of the team in question, you may not have heard—yet.

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