Qatar 2022: 5 Stars Certain to Shine in World Cup Finals

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMay 22, 2013

Qatar 2022: 5 Stars Certain to Shine in World Cup Finals

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    Despite the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being nine years away, it's still one of the most talked about items on the footballing calendar.

    Here, we look at five young stars who are certain to shine at the showpiece event in Asia, given their fantastic form at an early age.

    Add your predictions for who will shine in the comments below!

Gerard Deulofeu

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    Gerard Deulofeu is the most eagerly anticipated La Masia youth product since Lionel Messi's emergence.

    Culés are desperate to see the 19-year-old given a first-team chance but he's only been allowed two appearances so far. The likely departure of either David Villa and/or Alexis Sanchez this summer could pave his way into reckoning.

    The winger-cum-forward has obscene skill with the ball at his feet, dribbles rings around opponents and boasts incredible pace and technique. 

Raphael Varane

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    Raphael Varane is currently on course to be one of the greatest defenders this game has ever seen.

    At just 20 years of age, he's already showing the composed mindset and quick-thinking of a seasoned defender, and there aren't many who could be thrust into the situation Real Madrid carry and thrive.

    Barring stunted development or unforeseen set backs, he looks very likely to become the captain of France in his mid-20s and lead his nation out onto the field in 2022. 

Erik Lamela

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    AS Roma paid through the nose to sign Erik Lamela for approximately €14 million back in 2011.

    Luckily, he's been nothing short of fantastic, shouldering the responsibility of a big price tag well and providing several standout moments in Serie A this season.

    Arguably more exciting to watch now than Francesco Totti, Roma will be fending off suitors for years to come. Argentina need to step up to the plate and give him a few more international caps.  

Julian Draxler

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    At age 19, Julian Draxler has the world at his feet.

    The stream of talent Schalke 04 produce is simply amazing, and Lewis Holtby hasn't even been missed due to the emergence of this young man.

    Die Konigsblauen sneaked into the Champions League placing for next year thanks to a wonder strike from Draxler on the final day, and his two-footedness will ensure he remains impossible to figure out.  

Hachim Mastour

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    Hachim Mastour is a 14-year-old with skills that are out of this world.

    He was signed by AC Milan for £500,000 this season from Reggiana after an incredibly impressive show reel of skills in the youth teams and has now played and scored for the Italian U15s.

    Mastour was interesting a lot of big clubs, and this could turn out to be one of the Rossoneri's best-ever signings should his career project the way many hope.


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