FourFourTwo’s 100 Best Teenagers in the World 2017: 80-71
75. Moise Kean (Hellas Verona, on loan from Juventus)
Need to know: Kean is the first 2000s-born player to appear in the Champions League, and also to play – then score – in one of Europe’s big four leagues. And he did it at Juventus.
Now 17 and on loan at Verona for 2017/18, Kean boasts blistering speed, flashy skills, and has hit eight goals in 17 appearances for Italy's U17s.
With a funky hairstyle, enrapturing goal celebrations and hype CEO Mino Raiola for an agent, the striker – like Mario Balotelli – is unlikely to be far from the headlines. So far, for all the right reasons.
Highlight so far: Less than two weeks after being challenged to score more headers, he nodded home a last-gasp winner at Bologna on the final day of 2016/17 – his first Juventus goal. MW
74. Fikayo Tomori (Hull, on loan from Chelsea)
Need to know: Arsenal and Manchester United hopelessly failed to tame Marcus Rashford in March 2016 – but a Canada U20 defender showed them how it was done that month in a shock victory away to the Young Lions.
Tomori, born in Calgary but brought up in Kent, was eventually wooed by England and before long had helped them win the U20 World Cup.
The defender thrived as Chelsea conquered the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League, and is now on loan at Hull after a spell in Brighton last season.
Highlight so far: Athletic and excellent in one-on-one situations with strikers, Tomori was a paramount performer as England kept four clean sheets en route to U20 glory in Suwon. MW
73. Dzenis Burnic (Stuttgart, on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
Need to know: Jurgen Klopp, needing to make up numbers due to several of his players being on international duty, invited a few youth-teamers to La Manga, Spain for a training camp. After only one practice session he told his Borussia Dortmund superiors to tie Burnic down for the long-term.
The Germany U19 international, who debuted for BVB at center-back but prefers to operate as a playmaker, will spend 2017/18 on loan at Stuttgart under his former coach Hannes Wolf.
Highlight so far: Burnic, whose forte is his passing, captained Dortmund to the Bundesliga U19 crown in 2017 – his fourth straight title-winning season in the youth ranks. MW
72. Nonoca (Cruzeiro)
Need to know: “My dad was nicknamed Nonoca. When you’re from a small city like mine, they call you by the same nickname as your father. At first I wasn’t too keen, but now I like it because it honors my dad,” said the Cruzeiro defensive midfielder, whose father passed away when he was young.
Former Brazil manager Mano Menezes promoted the powerful enforcer into his first team at the start of the year, and the shy teenager responded with some bold performances.
Highlight so far: Nonoca was at his bullying best on his professional debut against Democrata in April. MW
71. Marcelo Saracchi (River Plate)
Need to know: A tough-tackling, adventurous left-back with experience way beyond his 19 years, Saracchi was nabbed by River Plate in August – reportedly under the noses of Inter Milan – on the recommendation of their Uruguayan demigod Enzo Francescoli.
They got a player who has already appeared in two U20 World Cups, played over 60 games for Uruguay at youth level, and been a regular for Danubio in the Uruguayan top tier since 2015.
“He’s very hard to get past,” said PSV trickster Gaston Pereiro.
Highlight so far: In October, Saracchi burst onto an Ignacio Scocco pass and drove the ball into a seemingly non-existent gap between post and goalkeeper to send River on their way to a 4-1 win over Atlanta in the Copa Argentina. MW
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