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Gazzetta Dello Sport Have Listed And Ranked The 30 Best U20 Players In Europe

Gazzetta Dello Sport Have Listed And Ranked The 30 Best U20 Players In Europe

Apart from being the pink newspaper that James Richardson would hold up and read from on Football Italia back in the day, Gazzetta dello Sport are also known for their annual lists on the best talent that European football has to offer.

Every year they focus on the best players at or under the age of 20 and rank them in terms of their current ability and potential, and although the number has been reduced from 50 to 30 this year, it's still a solid list featuring a number of household names as well as some more obscure shouts.

Of the Top 30 selected just three are playing in English football and one of them is in the Championship, as the league with the most young stars on the continent is France's Ligue 1 with 8, including the highly-rated Kylian Mbappé.

The #1 spot is reserved for Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele, and in AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Bayern's Renato Sanches we have a pretty solid top three.

Here's the list in full:

30. Alban Lafont - GK - Toulouse
29. Martin Odegaard - CAM - Heerenveen (on loan from Real Madrid)
28. Tom Davies - CM - Everton
27. Nikola Milenković - CB - Partizan Belgrade
26. Ryan Sessegnon - LB - Fulham
25. Manuel Locatelli - CM - AC Milan
24. Ante Coric - CAM - Dinamo Zagreb
23. Federico Chiesa - RW - Fiorentina
22. Kai Havertz - CAM - Bayer Leverkusen
21. Enes Ünal - ST - FC Twente (on loan from Man City)
20. Jeremie Boga - CAM - Grenada
19. Borja Mayoral - ST - Wolfsburg (on loan from Real Madrid)
18. Jesús Vallejo - CB - Eintracht Frankfurt (on loan from Real Madrid)
17. Alexander Isak - ST - Borussia Dortmund
16. Theo Hernández - LB - Alavez (on loan from Atletico Madrid)
15. Youri Tielemans - CM - Anderlecht
14. Emre Mor - CAM - Borussia Dortmund
13. Benjamin Henrichs - RB - Bayer Leverkusen
12. Issa Diop - CB - Toulouse
11. Jean-Kévin Augustin - ST - PSG
10. Mikel Oyarzabal - LW - Real Sociedad
9. Breel Embolo - ST - Schalke 04
8. Kasper Dolberg - ST - Ajax
7. Malang Sarr - CB - OGC Nice
6. Ruben Neves - CM - FC Porto
5. Kylian Mbappé - LW - AS Monaco
4. Marcus Rashford - ST - Manchester United
3. Renato Sanches - CM - Bayern Munich
2. Gianluigi Donnarumma - GK - AC Milan
1. Ousmane Dembele - RW - Borussia Dortmund

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The real learnings here are that French football could well be about to enter their golden age. With so much young talent already involved in the senior side, to have so much U20 talent already making a mark at big European clubs is frightening.

Also, Real Madrid have some outstanding options to return from loan, not including Martin Odegaard who can perhaps count himself a little lucky to have made this list considering what the others have managed to achieve in senior football already.

The list also serves as a handy hit-list for any Football Manager player out there, but are there any names you believe are missing from it? Feel free to get in touch and let us know.

Mikey Traynor

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