The 10 most valuable teenagers in world football: Bellingham, Gavi…
There are some brilliant teenagers rising through the ranks right now and players from Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool are all among the most valuable youngsters in the world.
The upcoming prospects in European football right now seem to have a huge future ahead of them, but they certainly won’t come cheap to any club looking to purchase them.
Using data from Transfermarkt, we have put together a list of the top 10 most valuable teenagers in world football right now.
10. Alejandro Balde – £26.38million
Barcelona seem to be the best in the business when it comes to developing their own talents. Balde has been at the club since 2011 and he now looks like the natural heir to Jordi Alba at left-back.
Xavi has given the 19-year-old more opportunities this season and he even featured at the World Cup for Spain. With 42 first-team appearances under his belt already, Balde is worthy of the hype currently surrounding him.
9. Giorgio Scalvini – £26.38million
Italy have produced some fine defenders over the years and Scalvini seems to be the next in line. The Atalanta defender is well-regarded in Serie A and has a bright future ahead of him.
8. Xavi Simons – £26.38million
Simons has been thriving for PSV this season and PSG will now surely be considering activating the buy-back clause in his contract. The 19-year-old has scored 14 goals in the Eredivisie as well as providing seven assists.
The diminutive playmaker can play in a variety of positions and has been used in as many as seven different roles this season. He looks like the future of Dutch football.
xavi simons and he’s only 19. pic.twitter.com/vE2Z6L6hIh
— belles (@sanchoSZN) April 9, 2023
7. Youssoufa Moukoko – £26.38million
Borussia Dortmund have an excellent track record when it comes to developing young strikers and Moukoko is the latest star to get excited about.
The 18-year-old has scored seven goals so far this season and he has already been capped by the German national side. Throughout his Bundesliga career so far, he is averaging a goal contribution every 90 minutes.
6. Harvey Elliott – £30.8million
“Harvey got a big knock last season but, like all of the experiences he has had so far, he used it to grow as a person and a player,” Jurgen Klopp told the club website.
There’s a debate to be had over what his best position actually is. Eliott has often been used in Liverpool’s midfield three this season, but he is perhaps most effective when played off the right-hand side.
5. Rasmus Hojlund – £30.8million
It’s not hard to see why the Atalanta striker is in demand right now.
4. Florian Wirtz – £74.79million
After almost a year out from a cruciate ligament injury, Florian Wirtz is smashing it in the Bundesliga right now. Playing under Xabi Alonso, the 19-year-old is thriving with Bayer Leverkusen.
“I’m an attacking player by nature,” Wirtz told Bundesliga.com. “I like to have my space to be creative, to get forward and to play balls forward. I feel very comfortable in the number 10 position.
“But I also enjoy playing out wide or further forward as an attacker. I feel I can make use of my strengths in those positions.”
3. Gavi – £79.2million
Developing at Barcelona under the guidance of Xaxi, Gavi seems to be in the perfect place. His technical skills and fearless attitude makes him one of the best in the business right now.
“He’s very good at recovering possession, taking the ball away from the opponents,” Xavi told Sport. “He’s very competitive. He understands the high press very well; he’s excellent at that.”
2. Jamal Musiala – £96.8million
There’s rarely a dull moment with Musiala on the pitch. The German midfielder is capable of being a match-winner on his own and one glace of his highlight reel tells you how good he actually is.
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— MP42🔴🇩🇪 (@MusialaProp42) April 5, 2023
1. Jude Bellingham – £105.6million
Bellingham is the complete package and it’s no wonder that every elite club is chasing his signature right now. He’s completed more successful dribblers than any other player in the Bundesliga and he keeps getting better each week.
For club and county, he is just shy of 200 appearances, which is astonishing when you consider he’s only 19 years old. He’s got a huge future ahead of him.