World Football: Rating The Top 100 Young Players on The Planet Right Now

Jason DouglasContributor IINovember 24, 2010

World Football: Rating The Top 100 Young Players on The Planet Right Now

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    If you're anything like me, you're always curious about who the top young talents are in the world of football.

    Unfortunately, none of the major media outlets keeps track of these players. After researching this piece, I can see why.

    It is beyond the scope of one person to follow every young player, on every team, in every league around the world. How then do we identify the top talents without overlooking the next big star?

    The purpose of this list is to identify the Top 100 prospects in world football. Like all prospects, there is no guarantee any of these guys will pan out.

    What I've set out to do here is to identify the players we should all be "keeping our eyes on". I've tried to limit this list to Under-21 players.

    That said, I've included some slightly older players who still have a world of potential, but for whatever reason haven't fully achieved it yet.

    I'm a fan like everyone else on this site. That said, I encourage you to disagree with me and inform me about players I may have missed.

    The ranking is totally subjective in some sense because there are many players I've never seen play. My goal is to create an objective list that most people can agree on.

    Please send me your feedback and I'll adjust the rankings in the coming weeks.

    Now, without further ado...I bring to you.....

Tim Krul

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    Tim Krul (22)—Newcastle United—Holland

Sergio Asenjo

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    Sergio Asenjo Andres (21)—Atletico de Madrid—Spain

David De Gea

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    David De Gea Quintana (19)—Atletico de Madrid—Spain

Igor Akinfeev

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    Igor Akinfeev (24)—CSKA Moskva—Russia

Hugo Lloris

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    Hugo Lloris (23)—Olympique Lyonnaise—France

Joe Hart

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    Joe Hart (23)—Manchester City—England

Renato Augusto

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    Renato Oliviera Augusto (22)—Bayer 04' Leverkusen—Brazil

Mesut Ozil

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    Mesut Ozil (21)—Real Madrid—Germany

Javier Pastore

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    Javier Pastore (21)—Palermo—Argentina

Bruno Cesar

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    Bruno Cesar Zanaki (21)—Corinthians—Brazil

Siem De Jong

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    Siem De Jong (21)—Ajax—Holland

Shinji Kagawa

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    Shinji Kagawa (21)—Borussia Dortmund—Japan

Ganso

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    Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima (20)—Santos—Brazil

Toni Kroos

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    Toni Kroos (20)—Bayern Munich—Germany

Miralem Pjanic

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    Miralem Pjanic (20)—Olympique Lyonnaise—Bosnia Herzegovina

Alan Dzagoev

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    Alan Dzagoev (20)—CSKA Moskva—Russia

Sergio Canales

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    Sergio Canales Madrazo (19)—Real Madrid—Spain

Jack Wilshire

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    Jack Wilshire (18)—Arsenal—England

Christian Erikson

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    Christian Eriksen (18)—Ajax—Denmark

Phillipe Coutinho

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    Phillipe Coutinho Correia (18)—Inter—Brazil

Adem Ljajic

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    Adem Ljajic (18)—Fiorentina—Serbia

Mario Gotze

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    Mario Gotze (18)—Borussia Dortmund—Germany

Douglas Costa

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    Douglas Costa (20)—FC Shakhtar Donetsk—Brazil

Alex Teixeira

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    Alex Texeira Santos (20)—FC Shakhtar Donetsk—Brazil

Alex Sanchez

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    Alex Sanchez (22)—Udinese—Chile

Andrea Poli

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    Andrea Poli (20)—Sampdoria—Italy

Sotiris Ninis

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    Sotiris Ninis (20)—Panathinaikos—Greece

Ramires

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    Ramires Santos do Nascimento (23)—Chelsea—Brazil

Axel Witsel

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    Axel Witsel (21)—Standard Liege—Belgium

Moussa Sissoko

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    Moussa Sissoko (20)—Toulouse FC—France

Fabian Delph

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    Fabian Delph (20)—Aston Villa—England

Leroy Fer

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    Leroy Fer (20)—Feyenoord—Holland

Aaron Ramsey

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    Aaron Ramsey (19)—Arsenal—Wales

Luka Modric

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    Luka Modric (24)—Tottenham Hotspur—Croatia

Ever Banega

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    Ever Banega (22)—Valencia—Argentina

Willians

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    Willians Domingos Fernandes (24)—Flamengo—Brazil

Sandro

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    Sandro Ranieri Guimaraes Cordeiro (21)—Tottenham Hotspur—Brazil

Manuel Lanzini

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    Manuel Lanzini (17)—River Plate—Argentina

Yann M'Vila

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    Yann M'Vila (20)—Stade Rennais FC—France

Jack Rodwell

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    Jack Rodwell (19)—Everton—England

Airton

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    Airton Ribeiro Santos (20)—SL Benfica—Brazil

Giuliano Victor

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    Giuliano Victor De Paula (20)—Internacional—Brazil

Wellington

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    Wellington Alves de Silva (17)—Fluminense—Brazil

Bojan

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    Bojan Krkic Perez (19)—Barcelona—Brazil

Alexandre Pato

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    Alexandre Rodriques da Silva (20)—Milan—Brazil

Stevan Jovetic

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    Stevan Jovetic (20)—Fiorentina—Montenegro

Daniel Villalva

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    Daniel Villalva (18)—River Plate—Argentina

Erik Lamela

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    Erik Lamela (18)—River Plate—Argentina

Nuri Sahin

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    Nuri Sahin (21)—Borussia Dortmund—Turkey

Vurnon Anita

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    Vurnon Anita (21)—Ajax—Holland

Patrick Van Aanholt

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    Patrick van Aanholt (19)—Chelsea—Holland

James Rodriquez

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    James Rodriguez (19)—FC Porto—Colombia

Gareth Bale

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    Gareth Bale (21)—Tottenham Hotspur—Wales

Marko Marin

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    Marko Marin (22)—Werder Bremen—Germany

Josh McEachran

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    Josh McEachran (17)—Chelsea—England

Angel Di Maria

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    Angel Di Maria (22)—Real Madrid—Argentina

Andre Ayew

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    Andre Ayew (20)—Olympique de Marseille—Ghana

Kieran Gibbs

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    Kieran Gibbs (20)—Arsenal—England

Eduardo Salvio

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    Eduardo Salvio (20)—SL Benfica—Argentina

Gabriel Agbonlahor

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    Gabriel Agbonlahor (23)—Aston Villa—England

Marc Albrighton

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    Marc Albrighton (20)—Aston Villa—England

Jordan Henderson

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    Jordan Henderson (20)—Sunderland—England

Hatem Ben Arfa

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    Hatem Ben Arfa (23)—Newcastle United—France

Theo Walcott

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    Theo Walcott (21)—Arsenal—England

Aaron Lennon

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    Aaron Lennon (23)—Tottenham Hotspur—England

Giovani Dos Santos

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    Giovani dos Santos (21)—Tottenham Hotspur—Mexico

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

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    Qunicy Owusu-Abeyie (24)—Malaga CF—Ghana

Rafael

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    Rafael Pereira da Silva (20)—Manchester United—Brazil

Davide Santon

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    Davide Santon (19)—Inter—Italy

Neymar

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    Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (18)—Santos—Brazil

Romelu Lukaku

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    Romelu Lukaku (17)—Anderlecht—Belgium

Federico Macheda

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    Federico Macheda (18)—Manchester United—Italy

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Gonzalo Higuain (22)—Real Madrid—Argentina

Mario Balotelli

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    Mario Balotelli (20)—Manchester City—Italy

Javier Hernandez

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    Javier Hernandez (22)—Manchester United—Mexico

Thomas Mueller

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    Thomas Mueller (20)—Bayern Munich—Germany

Abel Hernandez

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    Abel Hernandez (20)—Palermo—Uruguay

Carlos Vela

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    Carlos Vela (21)—Arsenal—Mexico

Nathan Delfouneso

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    Nathan Delfouneso (19)—Aston Villa—England

Stefano Okaka

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    Stefano Okaka (21)—Roma—Italy

Daniel Sturridge

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    Daniel Sturridge (20)—Chelsea—England

Alberto Paloschi

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    Alberto Paloschi (20)—Parma—Italy

Jonathan Reis

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    Jonathan Reis (21)—PSV—Brazil

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel

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    Ricky van Wolfswinkel (21)—FC Utrecht—Holland

Luuk De Jong

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    Luuk De Jong (19)—FC Twente—Holland

Rogelio Funes Mori

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    Rogelio Funes Mori (19)—River Plate—Argentina

Dominic Adiyiah

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    Dominic Adiyiah (20)—Reggina—Ghana

Jerome Boateng

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    Jerome Boateng (21)—Manchester City—England

Jeffrey Bruma

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    Jeffrey Bruma (18)—Chelsea—Holland

Phil Jones

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    Phil Jones (18)—Blackburn Rovers—England

Mats Hummels

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    Mats Hummels (21)—Borussia Dortmund—Germany

Holger Badstuber

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    Holger Badstuber (21)—Bayern Munich—Germany

Toby Alderweireld

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    Toby Alderweireld (21)—Ajax—Belgium

Eden Hazard

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    Eden Hazard (19)—LOSC Lille Metropole—Belgium

Simon Kjaer

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    Simon Kjaer (21)—Wolfsburg—Denmark

Jonathan Mensah

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    Jonathan Mensah (20)—Granada CF—Ghana

Mamadou Sakho

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    Mamadou Sakho (20)—Paris Saint-Germain—France

David Luiz

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    David Luiz Moreira Marinho (23)—Brazil—Brazil

Sergio Aguero

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    Sergio Aguero (22)—Atletico de Madrid—Argentina