Teenagers playing for the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are among some of the highest-paid footballers in the game.
Football clubs are desperate to have the next upcoming stars at their disposal and some highly lucrative contracts have been handed out to teenagers over the last few years.
Using data from Capology, we have compiled a list of the top six highest-paid teenagers in the world right now.
6. Youssoufa Moukoko – £49,200
Having already made 72 senior appearances for Borussia Dortmund and received to caps for Germany, Moukoko is one of the hottest prospects in the game right now.
The 18-year-old is taking home just shy of £50,000 per week on his current contract. Dortmund have a knack for producing great strikers and we wouldn’t bet against Moukoko being their next star.
5. Alejandro Garnacho – £50,000
Fresh from penning a new five-year deal at Old Trafford in April, Garnacho is now one of the highest-paid teenagers in the world. The Argentine winger is absolutely box office on his day and has been tipped to go to the very top.
“He has a big impact in many games, either when starting or coming on. He is ready and straight into the game and that is so important for the squad that you can bring in young players,” Erik ten Hag told reporters in May.
4. Rayan Cherki – £59,000
The Lyon star is attracting interest from all around Europe and it’s no surprise to see why. He’s one of the silkiest talents around at the moment and is only 19 years old.
We could happily watch compilations of him all day.
Rayan Cherki take all my money 🔵pic.twitter.com/IrfSiCu7Po
— Nooah (@CFC_Nooah) July 12, 2023
3. Mathys Tel – £65,600
Bayern paid around £24million to sign Tel from Rennes last summer and they handed him a handsome wage of £65,600 in the process. Even during his limited game time last season, Bayern fans still saw the potential.
The 18-year-old managed to score five league goals in just 399 minutes of football. If he maintains that sort of scoring rate, he’ll have a long and successful career without a doubt.
2. Carney Chukwuemeka – £100,000
After luring him away from Aston Villa, Chelsea handed Chukwuemeka a highly lucrative deal, worth a whopping £ 100,000 per week. The teenager only started in two league matches last season but did show some flashes of quality.
Mauricio Pochettino is currently pondering what to do with the youngster, as a loan move could well be on the cards this summer.
1. Gavi – £111,500
Undoubtedly one of the hottest prospects in Europe right now, Gavi is the highest-earning teenager in the world. The sky is the limit for the Barcelona youngster, who has already garnered huge praise from Xavi.
“He’s very good at recovering possession, taking the ball away from the opponents. He’s very competitive. He understands the high press very well; he’s excellent at that,” Xavi told Sport.
“He turns very well when we want to play in between the lines. But he needs to manage himself – he needs to find the right resources in the right moments – knowing when to attack the space better, when to let the wingers run or when to pass it.
“These are tactical situations where he needs to improve. He’s an incredible talent and a joy to coach. At 17, to already have made such an impact and play with the national side is marvellous.”
— Follow @MagicalXavi (@Magicalcomps) June 18, 2023