5. Ansu Fati
Anssumane Ansu Fati Vieira is an 18-year-old Spanish professional footballer currently playing as a forward for Barcelona and the Spain national team.
Vieira is widely regarded as one of Spain's most exciting football talents, and one of the current best young players in the world.
Pedro González López, better known as Pedri, is an 18-year-old Spanish professional soccer player currently playing as a central midfielder for Barcelona and the Spain national team.
Renowned for his creativity, vision, and passing, Pedri is regarded as one of the current best young footballers in the world.
3. Jude Bellingham
Jude Victor William Bellingham is an 18-year-old English professional soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder for Borussia Dortmund and the England national team.
One of the current best young players in the world, Bellingham professionally joined Birmingham City at the age of 8, making history as the club's youngest ever player when he made his first senior appearance for the club two years ago at the age of 16 and played regularly during the 2019 to 2020 season. He joined Borussia Dortmund last year, and in his first competitive match became their youngest ever goalscorer.
He played for the England international junior year before making his first appearance for the senior team last year, and represented the country at 2020 UEFA Euro this year.
2. Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt is a 22-year-old Dutch professional soccer player currently playing as a centre-back for Juventus and the Netherlands national team.
De Ligt is presently regarded as one of the best young players in the world, as demonstrated by his victory in the 2018 Golden Boy award, which is assigned to the most impressive young player in European football.
Five years ago, De Ligt made his first professional soccer appearance for Ajax's senior team in a match against Willem II. He scored from a corner after 25 minutes, making him the second youngest goalscorer ever behind Clarence Seedorf. On 24 May, he became the youngest player ever to play in a major European final when he started against Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final.
Three years ago, De Ligt won the Golden Boy award for best Young Player, becoming the first defender to win the award. The following year, he helped Ajax reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. His performances earned him a move to Serie A side Juventus, and made him win the Kopa Trophy in 2019. Three years ago, De Ligt made his first professional appearance for the Netherlands at the age of 17, making him the youngest player to start for the national team since 1931. He was part of the Netherlands squad for the 2020 UEFA Euro this year.
1. Phil Foden
Philip Walter Foden is a 21-year-old English professional soccer player currently playing as a midfielder for Manchester City and the England national team.
Foden's breakthrough into the world of football came four years ago when he won the FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Ball award following England's successful Under-17 World Cup campaign. He made his first soccer appearance for Manchester City during the same year and was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Foden has since made over 100 appearances for the club and won eight trophies, including becoming the youngest recipient of a Premier League winners' medal. Two years ago, he won a second Premier League and became the club's youngest-ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League, and is the youngest English player to both start a match and score in the knockout stages of the competition.
Widely considered as the current best young player in the world, Foden was named as the Premier League Young Player of the Season and the PFA Young Player of the Year this year.
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