Top 10 exciting young footballers in 2018

Top 10 exciting young footballers in 2018

“What is my age? You do not talk to me about age,” said Kylian Mbappe recently in an interview. 

Like the French star, in 2018, a host of other players proved that youth and less experience cannot create hindrance in success and responsibilities. Here are our top 10 young footballers who overwhelmed us the most.


David Neres (21 years old, Ajax Amsterdam)

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Arrived from Sao Paulo in 2016, David Neres conquered Ajax Amsterdam. He is involved in eight goals in his last seven league games. To be sure not to lose him right away, Ajax extended the contract last September. Is he waiting for a first convocation with the Selecao now? The answer is an on a positive note.

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Luka Jovic (21 years old, Eintracht Frankfurt)

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The Football Manager of the German club knew him even before he exploded with Eintracht Frankfurt. OM’s runner-up in the Europa League, loaned for two seasons by Benfica, scored 7 goals in the second part of last season before becoming Bundesliga top scorer (12 goals) of the running 2018-19 season. He also became Serbian international last June, participating in the World Cup in Russia.


Patrick Cutrone (20 years old, AC Milan)

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He too was named for the Kopa trophy. A pure product of AC Milan, Patrick Cutrone had a great year in 2018, despite the difficulties of his club. He has scored four goals in five Europa League matches this season. In all, the Italian international has 25 goals and 7 assists in 67 games.


Houssem Aouar (20 years old, Lyon)

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Named among the contenders for the Kopa trophy, Houssem Aouar is the heyday of the OL. In the midfield, where his partnership with Ndombele shines brightly, he has emerged as one of the best players in the French League. He also won the praise of Pep Guardiola, who faced him as the Manchester City boss in the Champions League. “He’s a very good player, an incredible player. He is always very calm and has a good vision, “said the Spanish coach.


Matthijs De Ligt (19 years old, Ajax Amsterdam)

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Even if Ajax Amsterdam still runs behind PSG Eindhoven in the Dutch League, Ajax this season is simply irresistible. And the capital club owes it in part to its young talents, of which Matthijs De Ligt is a part. The defender, the winner of the Golden Boy 2018, is irremovable in central defense. The fourth most used player in the squad in Eredivisie, De Ligt is one of those modern defenders whose qualities of recovery are outstanding.


Tanguy Ndombele (21 years old, Lyon)

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His progress was dazzling. This season, Tanguy Ndombele has emerged as one of the key players in Bruno Genesio’s Olympique Lyon side. Powerful physically, optimistic about his support, always in search of good-passes, the midfielder of the Les Gones is also honored with the first selection for the team of France. If he needs more regularity, Tanguy already has it in full scale.


Frenkie De Jong (21 years old, Ajax Amsterdam)

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The young midfielder of Ajax has revealed himself to the world this year. On one side, it is not only for his qualities and elegance but also for his particular style of play. In a highly exposed position, De Jong does not hesitate to take risks and constantly seeks verticality. His profile is a rare commodity, and PSG has clearly understood who want him next season. The Dutch press reported advanced discussions between the French club and the player’s representatives. It is an opportunity for him to confirm at the highest level.


Trent Alexander-Arnold (20 years old, Liverpool)

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Liverpool fans voted him best young footballer in the previous Premier League season. At only 20 years of age, the Englishman is irremovable in the right corridor for the Reds. And we understand why he is the one who catches the most balls in the League and among those who recovers the most. He is very active when he loses the ball, with a good quality of tackle and an excellent vision of the game to find the pass lines in the intervals. Alexander-Arnold is already a reference to his position.


Jadon Sancho (18 years old, Borussia Dortmund)

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The young Englishman made a bold bet at the age of 17 by joining Dortmund of Germany. But it is clear that he made the right choice. Already brilliant in Borussia’s final matches last season, Sancho has made an outstanding first half of the 2018-19 season, which earned him the cap of the Three Lions. He is also in the typical team of revelations of the year 2018 in the Champions League where he showed his quality and class.


Kylian Mbappe (20 years old, PSG)

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It was not very hard to see how the world champion, winner of the Kopa trophy and the French player of the year, conquered the first place in the rankings. The prodigy has become indispensable to PSG and France team, who gleaned four titles including the World Cup, and has always displayed his immeasurable ambition. The one who turned 20 in mid-December already has the world at his feet.

5 Players who beat Mbappe to a Golden Boy Award Nomination

5 Players who beat Mbappe to the Golden Boy Award Nomination

The Golden Boy Nominations have been announced and the biggest Shock for Many people was the Fact that Kylian Mbappe was left out of the final 5 Shortlist.

Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boy Award in 2017 but is still eligible for the coveted trophy as he is under the age of 21. While some fans think he is omitted because he won the award last Season while other optimistic fans think it’s because Kylian Mbappe will make it to the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

That is a realistic possibility given that the awards are organized by France’s Football Federation. The 5 Final Nominees are still a great group of Players so let’s have a look at them.

1. Trent Alexander-Arnold- Liverpool (20 Years-old)

The Liverpool Youngster has been phenomenal at the Merseyside Club and has made the Right-Back position his own keeping Compatriot Nathaniel Clyne out of the team.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold broke Into England’s World Cup Squad this year, was easily in the top 3 Right Backs in the Premier League and According to Statistics site, Squawka made just one defensive error in the whole 2017/18 Premier League Season. He is a definite favorite for the Golden Boy.



2. Patrick Cutrone- AC Milan (20 Years-Old)

Cutrone was a pleasant Surprise for AC Milan last Season. After investing so much Money in bringing top players to the Club and spending 38 Million on a Striker like Andre Silva and then watching him fail must’ve hurt fans of the Club.

Patrick Cutrone

Surprise Surprise, a new star breaks onto the Scene and Cutrone scored an impressive 18 Goals in his first Full Season for his boyhood Club. Furthermore, He broke into the Italy Squad as well to earn his first Cap.



3. Matthijs de Ligt- Ajax (19 Years-Old)

de Ligt is probably the most sought after Centre-Back in the World right now and the Dutch Teenager is living up to the hype.

Matthijs de Ligt

He has seemed to become Ajax’s most important defender and is evidently growing with every game for the Netherlands especially when he’s paired alongside Virgil Van Dijk. No wonder Barcelona are reportedly ready to pay 80 Million Euros for him.



4. Justin Kluivert- Ajax/Roma (19 Years-Old)

It isn’t often that a famous Footballer’s Son goes on to play as well as his Father. We aren’t saying that Justin Kluivert is going to achieve what the Great Patrick Kluivert did but he certainly has potential.

Justin Kluivert

Kluivert Jr. Reportedly had offers from the Likes of Barcelona and Manchester United after shining at Ajax but according to his Father, they picked Roma in order to have more game time and chances to grow. Roma Legend, Francesco Totti personally called Patrick Kluivert to advocate the move.



5. Vinicius Jr.- Real Madrid (18 Years-Old)

The Brazilian youth sensation Cost Real Madrid a reported 46 Million Euros when he signed a Pre-Contract 2 years back that would see him move to the Los Blancos after he turned 18.

Vinicius Jr

Though Vinicius isn’t a regular in the senior Real Madrid team yet, He has turned some heads for the Youth Madrid and Brazil Teams. Vinicius is an exciting prospect for the future and Madrid will hope to get the best out of him.