In 2007 World soccer magazine made a list of the top 50 Most Exciting Teen Footballers, and with most of it they were spot on. The top 10

10. Gerardo Bruna.

Not heard of him, at the time of this he was only 16, and in the years that have past, He has signed for Liverpool from Real Madrid, and has yet to make a senior appearance for them. Real Madrid were unhappy at losing one of their brightest youngsters. Real youth coach Michel said at the time “How many young players taken by Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have actually played for their first team? That is what happens all the time in England. When they see someone they like, they take him. They sign the boy to a contract, make all sorts of promises and then put him in their reserves and never give him a competitive game.” Now that is not always true, but in this case that seems to be true.

9. Breno

The Brazilian defender played 22 times for São Paulo before he was signed by German side Bayern Munich for €12 million. 21 years old now, he has been unable to secure first team football, having been put out on loan and also sustaining injuries.

8. Bojan Krkic

Most know the name, but still not an established starting 11 for Barcelona there are rumours he may join Roma this summer. A move away from the Camp Nou may be the best thing for the youngster as with the signings of Alexis Sanchez seminally close to completion, it looks as if the fringe player at Barcelona such as Bojan and Jeffren will have to move away to get regular football.

7. Sergio Agüero

Now so far in this top ten this is the first player you can say is a big name in football. A big summer move seems to be on the cards with Juventus interested and every other elite European club being linked with him. Agüero also is a constant in the Argentina Squad and is currently in the squad for the Copa America.

Agüero started his career at Argentine side Independiente scoring 23 times in 54 games. He signed for Atlético Madrid in 2006 and has made 175 appearances for Atlético Madrid scoring 74 goals.

6. Gareth Bale

Bale had his best season so far last season for Tottenham, having signed from Southampton in 2007, and in turn has some of the biggest European clubs after him. Originally he started out as a left back, but as the years have gone on, he has become a left winger, likened to Ryan Giggs. After a great season, Tottenham fans will be hoping things will only improve and he will become an even better player.

5. Giovanni Dos Santos

Both Dos Santos and Bale are the age and at the same club, but their development has taken different paths. Bale started at Southampton’s Youth Academy, where as Dos Santos was trained at Barcelona’s La Masia. One may seem more prestigious than the other, but both have produced great footballers. Dos Santos joined Tottenham from Barcelona in 2008 and made 10 appearances, but the following season he went out on loan to Ipswich, and the season after that Galatasaray and then Racing Santander. Tottenham are looking to sell the young Mexican.

4. Anderson

The Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Manchester United has not reached them same heights same some others on this list so far, but show glimpses of his ability as each season passes. But the player is looking to get first team football and may move on to gain it. Anderson started his career at Gremio before he moved to Porto where he spent one season before United paid around £15-20 million.

3. Alexandre Pato

Pato started out at Brazilian club Internacional and made scored 6 goals in 10 appearances. He signed for Italian side A.C Milan in 2007 for around €24 million. He has made just over 100 appearances for Milan scoring 50 goals. He is starting to come into his own, and although much is talked about so many other young superstars not much is talked about Pato.

2. Ismaïl Aissati.

With a wealth of young Dutch players to choose from it was Aissati that got the highest rating. At PSV at the time he has now moved to Ajax, but spent last season on loan at Vitesse. Still a hot prospect for the future he has not lit up the footballing scene like Kun Agüero or Pato has.

Now I ask you to take a second and think, who could be number 1. We have had Agüero, Pato, Bale, Dos Santos and Bojan.

It was…

1. Sadick Adams

Yep, I had never heard of him either. At the u-17 world cup, he scored 4 times in 6 games. He started his career at Ashanti Gold and then signed for Atlético Madrid where he spent two seasons with “B” side making 22 appearances and scoring 9 goals. He then moved on to Serbian club FK Vojvodina and then back to Africa to play for Tunisian side Étoile Sportive du Sahel.

Remaining player on the list.

11. Angel Di Maria 

12. Diego Buonanotte 

13. Franco Di Santo 

14. Macauley Chrisantus

15. Karim Benzema

16. Dumitru Copil

17. Fabio

18. Kermit Erasmus

19. Fabio Coentrao

20. Marouane Fellaini

21. Guilherme

22. Damian Ismodes

23. Lorenzo De Silvestri

24. Nour Hadhria

25. Rabiu Ibrahim

26. Kerlon

27. Toni Kroos

28. Juan Mata

29. Lulinha

30. Sapol Mani

31. Cristian Nazarith

32. Ransford Osei

33. Aaron

34. Daniel Opare

35. Fran Merida

36. Nikolay Mihaylov

37. Mesut Ozil

38. Andrea Russotto

39. Renato Augusto

40. Henri Saivet

41. Micah Richards

42. Alexis Sanchez

43. Sergio Tejera

44. Marek Suchy

45. Ivan Rakitic

46. Abdou Traore

47. Carlos Vela

48. Theo Walcott

49. Gregory Van Der Wiel

50. Ever Banega


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