the 20 Best U21 Players in World Soccer 2022

Karim Adeyemi – Borussia Dortmund/Austria

Karim Adeyemi.

Karim Adeyemi joined Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg this summer time.

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Age: 20

Position: Striker

Adeyemi scored 23 objectives in all competitions for RB Salzburg final season, prompting Borussia Dortmund to come back calling in the summer time.

This season, he is scored two times in 9 appearances, maximum of that have come from the bench. 



Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund/England

Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla FC at Signal Iduna Park.

Jude Bellingham.

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Age: 19

Position: Midfielder

The scorching favourite to scoop the prize, Bellingham has the international at his ft.

A powerful runner with the ball, a super passer, and an acute eye for purpose – he is scored 4 in 4 video games in this season’s Champions League – Real Madrid, Chelsea FC, and Liverpool FC are already eyeing him up, in line with ESPN.

Eduardo Camavinga – Real Madrid/France

Eduardo Camavinga of Real Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid at Wojska Polskiego Stadium.

Eduardo Camavinga.

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Age: 19

Position: Midfielder

Real Madrid landed Camavinga for the cut price value of simply $37 million final summer time after his spectacular step forward season with Stade Rennais.

He’s now a common at the Santiago Bernabeu, having already made 13 appearances this season. 

Fabio Carvalho – Liverpool/Portugal

Fabio Carvalho.

Fabio Carvalho in motion for Liverpool.

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Age: 20

Position: Forward

A skillful and creative-minded attacking midfielder, Liverpool signed Carvalho from newly promoted Fulham in May. 

He’s scored two objectives this season for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect, together with a memorable 98th minute winner in opposition to Newcastle United in August. 

Ansu Fati – FC Barcelona/Spain

Ansu Fati of Barcelona looks on during the LaLiga Santander match between RCD Mallorca and FC Barcelona at Estadi de Son Moix.

Ansu Fati.

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Age: 19

Position: Forward

Fati would possibly simplest be 19, however he is already made 70 appearances and scored 21 objectives for Barcelona. 

Had he now not neglected nearly an entire yr of motion on account of damage, the ones numbers can be a lot upper, too. 

Gavi – FC Barcelona/Spain

Pablo Paez 'Gavi' of FC Barcelona looks on during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Spotify Camp Nou.


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Age: 18

Position: Midfielder

Barcelona price Gavi so extremely that, in line with The Mirror, the membership set his free up clause at an eye-watering $1 billion when he signed a brand new deal in September.

“With Gavi we are renewing the present, the immediate present and the future of Barca,” stated Barcelona President Joan Laporta at the time.

“He is a paradigm of talent, effort. He is a player who goes for it all. It is a very happy day for the Catalans.”

Wilfried Gnonto – Leeds United/Italy

Wilfried Gnonto of Italy looks on prior to kick off of the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between Germany and Italy at Borussia Park Stadium.

Wilfried Gnonto has already made six senior appearances for Italy.

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Age: 18

Position: Striker

Gnonto could also be small – he is a trifling 5-foot-5 – however he’s mighty, scoring 8 occasions for FC Zürich final season to assist it win the Swiss Super League for the first time in 13 years. 

He moved to Leeds United in September, however is but to make an look.

Ryan Gravenberch – Bayern Munich/Netherlands

Ryan Gravenberch of FCBayern Muenchen in action during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Bayern München at Deutsche Bank Park.

Ryan Gravenberch.

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Age: 20

Position: Midfielder

“He’s one of Europe’s best young players,” stated Bayern Munich’s wearing director Hasan Salihamidzic of Gravenberch after he signed for the German membership from Ajax in the summer time. 

“[He] has excellent technique, always finds solutions in tight space, is very dynamic and a goal threat.”


Joško Gvardiol – RB Leipzig/Croatia

Josko Gvardiol.

Gvardiol used to be a goal for Chelsea FC in the summer time.

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Age: 20

Position: Defender

Gvardiol has all the bodily qualities you want in a central defender – pace, energy, and nice aerial skill.

But he is additionally happy with the ball at his ft, which has made him a most sensible goal for Chelsea, which simply neglected out on his signature this summer time. 

Fabio Miretti – Juventus/Italy

Fabio Miretti of Juventus reacts during the warm up prior to the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Fabio Miretti.

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Age: 19

Position: Midfielder

Miretti used to be promoted to Juventus’ first workforce completely in the summer time, and it did not take him lengthy to make an have an effect on this season. 

On simplest his 2nd get started of the marketing campaign, the Italian become the first participant born after 2002 to offer an help in Serie A as he teed up Arkadiusz Milik’s purpose in a 2-0 win over Spezia.

Jamal Musiala – Bayern Munich/Germany

Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring their team's fourth goal during the DFB Cup first round match between FC Viktoria Köln and FC Bayern München at RheinEnergieStadion.

Jamal Musiala has been Bayern Munich’s celebrity participant this season.

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Age: 19

Position: Midfielder

Musiala used to be already a normal for Bayern Munich final season; alternatively this time period, he is proving to be its key participant.

The English-born midfielder has scored 5 objectives and produced 5 assists in simply 9 Bundesliga video games. 

Nico – Valencia/Spain

Nico Gonzalez central midfield of Valencia and Spain during the warm-up before the La Liga Santander match between Athletic Club and Valencia CF at San Mames Stadium.


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Age: 20

Position: Midfielder

On mortgage with Valencia from Barcelona, Nico has been dubbed as the inheritor to Sergio Busquets’ throne at the Camp Nou.

“He is technically very gifted, is very intelligent and his physique is perfect,” Fran Artiga, a trainer who labored with Nico all over his time at Barcelona’s famed academy, La Masia, instructed Goal.

“With him, we have the chance to build a spectacular footballer.”

Nuno Mendes – Paris Saint-Germain/Portugal

Nuno Mendes of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the preseason friendly between Paris Saint-Germain and Gamba Osaka at Panasonic Stadium Suita

Nuno Mendes.


Age: 20

Position: Defender

Mendes had began simply over 35 fits for Sporting Lisbon when PSG got here calling final yr, signing the defender on a season-long mortgage with an possibility to shop for for $45 million.

He briefly established himself as the French membership’s first-choice left again, and the workforce selected to make his transfer everlasting in the summer time. 

Pedri – FC Barcelona/Spain

Pedro Gonzalez Lopez


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Age: 19

Position: Midfielder

Last yr’s Golden Boy is up for prize once more this yr, however no participant has ever gained it two times.

Given Pedri’s credentials, alternatively – he is already a normal for each Barcelona and Spain and has been described as the “best in the world” in his place by way of Barcelona supervisor and membership icon Xavi – do not be too shocked if he turns into the first.

Benjamin Šeško – RB Salzburg/Slovenia

Benjamin Sesko of Red Bull Salzburg looks on during the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb at Football Arena Salzburg.

Benjamin Šeško.

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Age: 19

Position: Striker

Šeško used to be sought after by way of plenty of golf equipment in the summer time, Chelsea and Manchester United integrated, but it surely used to be RB Leipzig which gained the race for his signature. 

The Slovenia global, who scored 11 objectives for Salzburg final season, will transfer to the German membership at the finish of the present marketing campaign. 

Mathys Tel – Bayern Munich/France

Mathys Tel of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfB Stuttgart at Allianz Arena.

Mathys Tel has an especially brilliant long term forward of him.

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Age: 17

Position: Striker

The youngest participant on the ultimate shortlist for the Golden Boy award, Tel landed a transfer to Bayern Munich this summer time from Stade Rennais, regardless of having simplest made a handful of senior appearances for the French aspect.

But he is already confirmed why the German workforce used to be so willing to take a bet on him, scoring two times in his two begins this season. 

Destiny Udogie – Udinese/Italy

Destiny Udogie of Udinese Calcio looks on prior the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Olimpico.

Destiny Udogie is on-loan at Udinese from Tottenham.

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Age: 19

Position: Defender

A revelation for Udinese final yr, Udogie scored 5 objectives and supplied 3 assists from left-back as The White and Blacks recorded their best issues overall in Serie A since 2012-13.

The youngster, who used to be purchased by way of Tottenham Hotspur in the summer time however again on mortgage with Udinese, has persisted in the similar vein this time period, scoring two times in 9 video games. 

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