Everyone can remember and appreciate the Pelés, Ronaldos, Maradonas, Zidanes and Shearers during their primes, and that merit goes beyond warrant.
But it is more of a task to identify with pin-point precision the type of footballer and impact a young Ronaldo or Maradona or any contemporary star would project to be in the future.
When Wayne Rooney developed in Everton's youth academy, how many expected the immense growth in talent and productivity that the England international has demonstrated fully now with Manchester United?
Or when Lionel Messi was a mere youngster with Barcelona's academy, was it anticipated that the 5'7" magician could be crowned as the world's best player?
There will always be a litany of starlets waiting for their chance to explode onto the football world. Some may crash and burn before the dream becomes a reality, while others will take the reigns and ride to the top.
Here are the top 25 rising stars of world football, including the next global icon, Neymar.