Footballers are being scouted at increasingly young ages as teams fight to find, develop and profit from the best young players in an increasingly competitive industry.
While this list does not include any of the seven-year-old YouTube sensations you come across every now and then, it does include plenty of players you might not be familiar with.
For this list, I imposed an age limit of 20. That means that this list is basically comprised of footballers from the ages of 16 to 20.
You may actually have heard of, or even seen, some of these players, but they still make the list because they have not experienced the same attention that figures such as Neymar have.
There is, of course, no guarantee that any of these players will succeed—many of them have yet to start a match for a senior side, and few of them have played for big teams.
However, they all have shown remarkable talent. I have done my best to find videos of these players exhibiting said talent, but in some cases I have been unable to. Sorry.
There are, undoubtedly, countless other young talents whom you haven't heard of, but clearly I haven't either (or I've forgotten them). To spread the word about such players, please leave their names and videos (if possible) of them in the comment section below.
The list is in no particular order, so choose who you think is or will be the best for yourself.