What the 10 highest-paid teenagers in world football have achieved so far

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Jadon Sancho is reported to have signed a whopping new £190,000-per-week contract at Borussia Dortmund – but he still isn’t the highest-paid teenager in world football. 

Sancho has been rewarded for his brilliant form in the 2018-19 season which saw him score 12 goals and set up a remarkable further 14 in the Bundesliga.

Here’s what the rest of the top 10 best-paid teenagers in world football, according to the Daily Mail, have done to earn their bumper salaries.

10. Callum Hudson-Odoi (£22,000 per week)

Chelsea were renowned for not giving youngsters a chance prior to their transfer ban and the appointment of Frank Lampard, but Hudson-Odoi is so talented they simply could not ignore him any longer – especially with Bayern Munich sniffing around.

He made 24 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, scoring five goals and assisting a further five. And with Lampard now at the helm, the forward will be raring to get back on the pitch after rupturing his Achilles towards the end of the campaign.

It may not be too long before he – and Chelsea fans – get their wish, either…

Career club appearances: 28. International caps: 2. Honours: Europa League 2018-19, League Cup runner-up 2018-19, FIFA U17 World Cup 2017, European U17 Championship runner-up 2017.

9. Reiss Nelson (£30,000 per week)

Nelson spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Hoffenheim – but only after he’d signed a bumper new contract at Arsenal.

It worked out well: he scored seven goals in 23 games in the Bundesliga and now finds himself a part of the first-team squad back at Emirates Stadium.

Career club appearances: 47. International caps: 0. Honours: PL2 2017-18, Community Shield 2017.

8. Phil Foden (£30,000 per week)

Described by Pep Guardiola as the “most talented player” he’s ever seen, the Stockport Iniesta has shown that in flashes, like when he scored the winner against Tottenham to keep the Citizens ahead of Liverpool in the title race.

But as Guardiola admits himself, he does not give Foden enough game time. He’s 19 now and in need of more football.

Career club appearances: 38. International caps: 0. Honours: Premier League 2018-19, FA Cup 2018-19, League Cup 2017-18, 2018-19, Community Shield 2018, 2019, FIFA U17 World Cup 2017, European U17 Championship runner-up 2017.

7. Moise Kean (£53,000 per week)

In an ideal world, you’d want your new attacking recruit to come in all guns blazing and really prove himself in the Premier League.

But Moise Kean has set himself a target of seven goals for Everton this season. Anything else is a bonus, right?

Career club appearances: 45. International caps: 3. Honours: Serie A 2018-19.

6. Joao Felix (£58,000 per week)

Felix was linked with several clubs across Europe over the summer, including Manchester City and Manchester United, before joining Atletico Madrid for £113million in the fifth most expensive transfer of all time.

Under pressure to make an instant impact, it hasn’t taken the 19-year-old long to show off his skills, sending several opposition players for hot dogs at the same time. Stop that, Joao.

Career club appearances: 73. International caps: 1. Honours: Primeira Liga winner 2018-19.

5. Ryan Sessegnon (£70,000 per week)

Sessegnon set tongues wagging with his performances for Fulham in helping them to promotion to the Premier League but failed to make much of an impact in a struggling team last season.

Thankfully, Tottenham have brought him right back onto the scene after signing him from the Cottagers for £25million on deadline day. It wasn’t the easiest of debut seasons in the top flight for Sessegnon, but under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, there is every reason to suggest the youngster will shine for Spurs.

Career club appearances: 120. International caps: 0. Honours: Championship play-off winner 2017-18, European U19 Championship 2017.

4. Rodrygo (£76,000 per week)

Real agreed to pay a reported £40million to sign Rodrygo from Santos in 2018, with the transfer going through over the summer just gone once the young Brazilian had turned 18.

He impressed in pre-season but has missed the start of the La Liga campaign with a hamstring injury. There have still been clubs interested in taking him on loan, but Zinedine Zidane apparently wants him to remain at the Bernabeu and play a part this season.

After 17 goals in 80 appearances for Santos at such a young age, who can blame him?

Career club appearances: 80. International caps: 0. Honours: 0.

2= Vinicius Junior (£190,000 per week)

Vinicius made 36 appearances for Real Madrid in his first season in Spain, contributing a respectable seven goals and 13 assists.

However, Zidane is reported to be concerned the 19-year-old is struggling to handle the pressure of playing for such a big club and is not where they expected him to be in his development. With the transfer window still open and PSG apparently interested, he faces an uncertain future.

Career club appearances: 107. International caps: 0. Honours: FIFA Club World Cup 2018, South American U17 Championship 2015, South American U15 Championship 2017.

2= Jadon Sancho (£190,000 per week)

Sancho wasn’t even 18 when he joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in January 2017, but it soon became clear the Premier League club might have made a mistake letting him go.

Sancho didn’t actually do that much in his first full season, scoring one goal in 12 Bundesliga appearances. But then we were all taken aback in the 2018-19 campaign as he netted 12 times and provided 17 assists, not to mention several wonderful dribbles and moments of skill.

Let’s not forget his six England caps and presence in the Bundesliga Team of the Year, either.

Career club appearances: 62. International caps: 6. Honours: DFL-Supercup 2019, Bundesliga runner-up 2018-19, FIFA U17 World Cup 2017, European U17 Championship runner-up 2017.

1. Matthijs de Ligt (£278,000 per week)

De Ligt was wanted by pretty much every big club in Europe following his heroics for Ajax last season, but it was Juventus who eventually won the race.

The centre-back was Ajax’s captain at the age of 19 and came up with vital contributions to help them win the league and cup double and progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

He’s special.

Career club appearances: 134. International caps: 17. Honours: Eredivisie 2018-19, KNVB Cup 2018-19, Europa League runner-up 2016-17.


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