Next Generation (NxGn): The 50 best Under-19 talents in the world

​Gigio Donnarumma? Kylian Mbappe? Christian Pulisic? Who is the most promising player on the planet? Here, Goal unveils NxGn, which ranks the top 50 talents born on or after January 1, 1998. We’ve asked judges from across our 37 editions to rate football’s best teenagers in terms of first-team experience, potential and overall ability and ranked them by their final tallies.

50. DIEGO LAINEZ

Club America – Mexico – 9/7/2000 – Attacker

49. TAKEFUSA KUBO

FC Tokyo – Japan – 4/6/2001 – Attacker

48. DUJON STERLING

Chelsea – England – 24/10/1999 – Defender

47. NIKLAS DORSCH

Bayern Munich – Germany- 15/1/1998 – Midfielder

46. KELECHI NWAKALI

MVV Maastricht – Nigeria – 5/6/1998 – Midfielder

45. PIETRO PELLEGRI

Genoa – Italy – 17/3/2001 – Attacker

44. DUSAN VLAHOVIC

Partizan Belgrade – Serbia – 28/1/2000 – Attacker

43. MARCUS EDWARDS

Tottenham – England – 3/12/1998 – Midfielder

42. JOSE GOMES

Benfica – Portugal – 8/4/1999 – Attacker

41. ANDREA PINAMONTI

Inter – Italy – 19/5/1999 – Attacker

40. ACHRAF HAKIMI

Real Madrid – Morocco – 4/11/1998 – Defender

39. BRAHIM DIAZ

Manchester City – Spain – 3/8/1999 – Attacker

38. LEANDRINHO

Napoli – Brazil – 11/10/1998 – Attacker

37. ANGEL GOMES

Manchester United – England – 31/8/2000 – Attacker

36. JOAQUIN ARDAIZ

Danubio – Uruguay – 11/1/1999 – Attacker

35. RUI PEDRO

Porto – Portugal – 23/3/1998 – Attacker

34. IANIS HAGI

Fiorentina – Romania – 22/10/1998 – Midfielder

33. LINCOLN

Gremio – Brazil – 7/11/1998 – Midfielder

32. ISMAILA SARR

Metz – Senegal – 25/2/1998 – Attacker

31. CARLES ALENA

Barcelona – Spain – 5/1/1998 – Midfielder

30. TOMAS CONECHNY

San Lorenzo – Argentina – 30/3/1998 – Attacker

29. MATTHIJS DE LIGT

Ajax – Netherlands – 12/8/1999 – Defender

28. NICOLAS SCHIAPPACASSE

Atletico Madrid – Uruguay- 12/1/1999 – Attacker

27. LORENZO CALLEGARI

PSG – France – 27/2/1998 – Midfielder

26. YANN KARAMOH

Caen – France – 8/7/1998 – Attacker

25. JONATHAN IKONE

Montpellier – France – 2/5/1998 – Midfielder

24. EZEQUIEL BARCO

Independiente – Argentina – 29/3/1999 – Midfielder

23. TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

Liverpool – England – 7/10/1998 – Defender

22. MOUSSA DIABY

PSG – France – 7/7/1999 – Attacker

21. JUSTIN KLUIVERT

Ajax – Netherlands – 5/5/1999 – Attacker

20. BEN WOODBURN

Liverpool – Wales – 15/10/1999 – Attacker

19. MOISE KEAN

Juventus – Italy – 28/2/2000 – Attacker

18. VINCENT THILL

Metz – Luxembourg – 4/2/2000 – Midfielder

17. REECE OXFORD

Reading – England – 16/12/1998 – Defender

16. SERGIO DIAZ

Real Madrid – Paraguay – 5/3/1998 – Attacker

15. RYAN SESSEGNON

Fulham – England – 18/5/2000 – Defender

14. KAI HAVERTZ

Bayer Leverkusen – Germany – 11/6/1999 – Midfielder

13. TOM DAVIES

Everton – England – 30/6/1998 – Midfielder

12. JOSIP BREKALO

Stuttgart – Croatia – 23/6/1998 – Midfielder

11. DAYOT UPAMECANO

RB Leipzig – France – 27/10/1998 – Defender

10. TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH

Manchester United – Netherlands – 27/10/1998 – Defender

9. MARTIN ODEGAARD

Heerenveen – Norway – 17/12/1998 – Midfielder

8. FELIX PASSLACK

Borussia Dortmund – Germany – 29/5/1998 – Defender

7. MALANG SARR

Nice – France – 23/1/1999 – Defender

6. MANUEL LOCATELLI

AC Milan – Italy – 8/1/1998 – Midfielder

5. ALEXANDER ISAK

Borussia Dortmund – Sweden – 21/9/1999 – Attacker

4. ALBAN LAFONT

Toulouse – France – 23/1/1999 – Goalkeeper

3. CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Borussia Dortmund – United States – 18/9/1998 – Attacker

2. KYLIAN MBAPPE

Monaco – France – 20/12/1998 – Attacker

1. GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

AC Milan – Italy – 25/2/1999 – Goalkeeper


These are the future of world football!!!

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