Young Ballers: The 10 Best Soccer Players Under 21

Some players don’t come into their own until late in their careers. Look at what a 28-year-old Jamie Vardy did last year in the Premier League while leading Leicester City to the most improbable title of all time. But most of the game’s top players have been destined for greatness since they were knee-high. The Lionel Messis and Cristiano Ronaldos of the world didn’t burst on the scene in their late 20s; they were stars before they could drive.

The world’s two best players aren’t teenage prodigies anymore. They’re grown ass men. And there’s a wave of players in their mid-20s – Neymar, Pogba, Griezmann – ready to challenge for the Ballon d’Or if Messi or Ronaldo show any signs of weakness.

But the most intriguing players are the stars of tomorrow. Young players with limitless potential who are just starting to make names for themselves on the world stage.

Here are the 10 best players in the world under 21: