Sports Desk: Under-20 FIFA World Cup has been played in Latin American country Argentina with 24 teams. Even though it is an age-based tournament, there is no lack of interest in football lovers. Because, footballers like Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, Arling Holland became stars on the world stage through this tournament. This time too, attention can be given to several young footballers. Those who can become the next Neymar of Brazil, Messi of Argentina, Pogba of France or Sadio Mane of Senegal.
The 23rd edition of the Youth World Cup will be held in Argentina on May 20. The curtain will come down on June 12 with the finals. In this tournament, Maradona, Messi, Pogba and lastly Holland won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot and announced their presence in world football. Several young footballers can be added to that list this time. In this report, ten such footballers will be briefly introduced, who can rule the world of football in the future.
Andre Santos (Brazil)
This 19-year-old has already made himself known to the world with his midfield football skills. He was considered the next Sergio Busquets. However, Santos has already surpassed the Spanish midfielder in his talent. Last January, he led Brazil to the South American U-20 Championship and won the trophy. He is also the joint highest goal scorer with 6 goals in the tournament. Before that, the star joined the English club Chelsea in exchange for 13 million pounds. However, he has not yet had a chance to play for Chelsea. He is currently playing on loan at Brazilian club Vasco da Gama.
Yasser Aspria (Colombia)
The 19-year-old also plays in the midfield like Santos. The Aspria is the latest invention to emerge from the Envigado Academy. From where his compatriot James Rodriguez won the 2014 Senior World Cup Golden Boot. An attacking midfielder capable of attacking the opposing camp at speed. He caught everyone’s attention with his performance last season for the English club Watford. He has already made his debut in the national team. Last year he played 2 matches for Colombia and scored a goal.
Tommaso Baldanzi (Italy)
Football fans can also keep an eye on Italian youngster Tommaso Baldanzi in the Under-20 World Cup. The attacking midfielder has already made his mark for Serie A club Empoli. The 20-year-old has scored 4 goals in 27 matches this season. His lone goal came in Empoli’s win over Italian giants Inter Milan last January. Impressed by his talent, Inter, AC Milan and Lazio have already shown interest in him, his representative said.
Cade Cowell (USA)
Cowell has been a regular fixture at forward for the San Jose Earthquakes in the American Major League Soccer. But he will move to Europe soon. Barcelona had already shown interest in him. Giant clubs like Juventus and AC Milan are now competing with them. The 19-year-old is the United States’ hope for forwards in Argentina’s World Cup. The United States is preparing him for the 2026 World Cup at home.
Samba Dialo (Senegal)
Meanwhile, Samba Diallo is considered to be Senegal’s future Sadio Mane. The 20-year-old caught the eye in the last UEFA Youth League for Dynamo Kyiv. The winger scored a pair of goals against Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the tournament. He led the country to the much-desired title in the U-20 Africa Cup last March. Now he has the chance to shine in Argentina and take himself one step further.
Fabricio Diaz (Uruguay)
The 20-year-old central midfielder scored 5 goals in the last South African Championship. He ultimately put Uruguay in the race for the champions. However, Brazil won the title due to luck. Rumor has it, Spanish club Barcelona is bringing him to the team in this summer’s transfer.
Winger Giovanni, who plays for Brazilian club Palmeiras, has caught the attention of the football world with his dribbling skills. His style of play is similar to Brazilian winger Anthony who played for Manchester United. Over the course of a year, clubs such as Chelsea, Newcastle and Manchester United competed to sign him.
Maximo Perone (Argentina)
The Argentine defensive midfielder has been compared to stars like Frenkie de Jong, Fede Valverde. Realizing his talent, Manchester City signed him for £10 million in January. The 20-year-old Argentine has already played two matches for the English giants. He can claim himself as the worthy successor of Maradona-Messi by spreading light on the ball in the World Cup organized in his country.
Marcos Leonardo (Brazil)
Forward Marcos Leonardo who came out of Santos Academy in Brazil. The 20-year-old forward, who scored a flurry of goals at the youth academy, has been scoring regularly in Santos’ senior team as well. 13 goals came from his feet last season. And scored 8 goals this season. He can snatch the golden boot of the tournament by writing his name in the list of highest goal scorer in Argentina World Cup.
Wilson Odobert (France)
The 18-year-old French winger has emerged from Paris Saint-Germain’s youth academy. Although he is currently playing for Thawar. Odobert has already played 31 matches for the club and scored 4 goals. He has a chance to shine in the Youth World Cup and earn a place in France’s first team before the 2026 World Cup.
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