FourFourTwo’s 100 Best Teenagers in the World 2017: 90-81
85. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds)
Need to know: Named after the Brazilian great, Ronaldo has a twin brother called Romario and both have unusual career stories.
Born in Guinea-Bissau, Vieira emigrated to Portugal and later joined Benfica’s academy, but the family moved to England and Leeds were lucky enough to pick him up.
An all-around midfielder, he played in 34 Championship matches under Garry Monk last season and was subsequently called up to England’s U20s.
Highlight so far: Vieira scored a magnificent long-range injury-time winner at Norwich in November 2016 – his only goal for Leeds so far.
84. Rui Pires (Porto)
Need to know: A classy defensive midfielder, Pires has been hailed for his ball-winning skills and fine distribution, and is widely seen as the heir to Danilo in Porto’s side.
He has only featured for the reserves so far, having captained the youth team, but Pires has shown signs of promise and been praised by coach Antonio Folha. Many expect him to be promoted to the first team during 2017/18.
Highlight so far: Pires was influential as Portugal reached the final of the 2017 European U19 Championship in Georgia, and was deservedly included in the overall team of the tournament.
83. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Need to know: Could this be one of the biggest steals? Sancho, a winger with outrageous skills, was considered a top prospect at Manchester City but joined Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 as he felt his path to the senior side was blocked.
Keen to make his mark, he got his wish in Germany – and received the No.7 shirt vacated by Barcelona-bound Ousmane Dembele. BVB paid £8m for a player who’s hit 16 goals in 19 games for England U17s.
Highlight so far: Sancho became the first Englishman to play for Dortmund in the Bundesliga when he made his debut against Eintracht Frankfurt in October – and nearly scored, too.
82. Marquinhos Cipriano (Sao Paulo)
Need to know: Described as one of the biggest Brazilian prospects in his age group, Marquinhos has a release clause of €30 million.
Sao Paulo signed the attacking midfielder from Desportivo Brasil in 2015, and over the last two years he’s attracted interest from PSG, Porto, Manchester City, Arsenal and Juventus.
While frequently featuring for Brazil’s U20s, he is yet to star for the Sao Paulo first team.
Highlight so far: Marquinhos impressed for the Seleção U20s at the 2017 Toulon Tournament – won by England.
81. Federico Dimarco (Sion)
Need to know: An attack-minded and fast left-back with a decent shot, Dimarco sees Roberto Carlos as his role model. Somewhat amusingly, he was shown the door at Inter just like the Brazilian.
Born in Milan and raised at the academy, he made his debut for the Nerazzurri aged 17 but was considered surplus to requirements this summer after a loan spell at Empoli. Dimarco was sold to Sion with a buy-back clause, and plans to return to the San Siro after proving his worth for the Swiss Super League side.
Highlight so far: Dimarco scored twice – a penalty and a free-kick – to sink England in the semi-finals of the 2016 European U19 Championship, taking his overall tally in the tournament to four.
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