Quality football players, youngsters ready to make a difference as a teenager or outstanding prospects destined to explode. The players who will appear in international football are different: let’s explore them.
Echeverri, Endrick and Yamal: Football’s best under-17 players
The Under-17 World Cup, played in Indonesia between November and December 2023 and won by Germany, highlighted some extraordinary events. young talents of world football. Some of them are already known to insiders and have, in fact, won significant contracts at clubs of the caliber of Manchester City and Real Madrid. Others are on the launch pad, we are yet to be definitively approved.
The first player included in our selection was Argentinian Claudio Echeverri, who was bought from Guardiola’s City for 25 million euros and loaned to River Plate until the end of the season. Echeverri is an unconventional number 10 with versatile playmaking qualities, strong and creative, with outstanding game vision and excellent fundamental technique. Echeverri is thought to have made just four appearances in the Argentine championship world football’s next “big thing”Thanks to the charisma and maturity he has already shown despite his very young age.
Endrick Felipe Moreira da Sousa, as he is simply known, is definitely not second to him in terms of popularity. Endrick won all youth competitions at the age of 17 As far as possible, he became the youngest player to make his debut in the history of Palmeiras and the youngest player to score in the Brazilian championship since 2003. Having played twice in the National Team, he became the youngest Brazilian football player to be called to the green-gold national team since the phenomenon Ronaldo.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Real Madrid have blocked him for some time and paid him a total of 35 million euros; Thanks to optional clauses, this figure can even reach 70 million. Endrick, who has played in less than fifty professional matches, hopes to repeat his career in Spain The route of Vinícius Júnior and RodrygoThey are also the absolute heroes of the Merengues shirt, who came to Casa Blanca as a child and are today.
Born in 2007, Yamine Lamal is actually one of the leading names in international European football. This season he proved himself as the first outside attacker for Xavi’s Barcelona: he played in 32 matches and scored 3 goals. Lamal is a product of cantera azulgrana.He has great qualities to get over the man, has excellent technique and can differentiate all along the offensive front.
His explosion was rewarded with a call-up to the national team: 16 years and 50 days later, he made his debut for Spain, and a week later, on September 8, 2023, he became the best football player in the world with the goal he scored against Georgia. Youngest Spaniard ever to score With his Furie Rosse shirt. According to specialist site Transfermarkt, its current market value is 60 million euros.
Pafundi, the big blue hope
“First Pafundi, then others”. The sentence that Roberto Mancini said at a press conference in Coverciano in March 2023 to those who asked why he chose to call up a kid who only had a few minutes in Serie A has remained famous: He has just moved to Lausanne, Simone Pafundi failed at Udinese was to create the space that his talent guaranteed him.
In Switzerland, in a championship that has shown its ability to evaluate young Italian talents in recent years (see the cases of Gnonto and Calafiori), there is great curiosity to find out whether this kid from 2006 is present. left foot abnormalThis has troubled key comparisons (Udinese’s chief scout Carnevale, even a Parallel to Diego Armando Maradona’s left foot), will be able to bloom.
Another 2006 Argentinian of Italian origin arrived in Europe at Benfica, coming from Velez Sarsfield a few weeks ago. His name is Gianluca Prestianni The Portuguese paid over 10 million euros to guarantee his sporting performance. Prestianni, who played 36 games and scored 2 goals with the Buenos Aires team, which the Italian national team is considering calling up (but his dream is the Albiceleste), is a fast and creative outside midfielder who looks outstanding and ready in one-on-one situations. To make a difference on the most prestigious stages of European football.
Finally, we close our recap with Paris Saint Germain midfielder Warren Zaïre-Emery, who has established himself as an important part of the Parisians’ rotations for the second consecutive season. Zaïre-Emery became the youngest player in history to take to the field in the knockout phase of the Champions League. Thierry Henry made him captain He made his debut with the Blues Under-21 national team. The footballer, who made his debut against Gibraltar last November 8, became the youngest player to defend the jersey of the French national team since Maurice Gastiger in 1914.