In any sport you have talent bursting out from an early age, Lionel Messi, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho all had hit glory in their early 20’s but there is a new breed of footballers who seem to do it all even before they hit their mid-20’s. We look back at the 2014 year and list the top 5 talents who did brilliantly for their teams but were only 21 years old, I feel so old now. Anyways, here are the top 5 U 21 players from 2014.
Liverpool came so close to winning the league title last season and Raheem Sterling was one of the reasons why the Reds had that brilliant season last year. This season hasn’t been any different for Sterling, he won the Golden Boy award recently and at just 20 years old, he is being courted by teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The attacker has now become Liverpool’s main threat and there seems to be nothing that he can’t do as he is being deployed as the central striker till Sturridge comes back, Liverpool have unearthed a jewel and would hope to be able to keep him for many years to come.
Alex Ferguson knows what he lost when Paul Pogba opted to sign for Juventus rather than stay at Manchester United, he left on a free to the Italian side and has become one of the best players in the Serie A if not the world.
Also a former winner of the Golden Ball award, the 21 year old has already done a league and cup double twice with Juventus and is going from strength to strength in Italy; Manchester United’s loss is Juventus’ gain.
One of those players who seems to have been in the spotlight for a while, the 21 year old already has more than 100 appearances for Schalke and is known for his impeccable dribbling and control. Not always a regular starter for Germany but he was part of the winning team in 2014.
Draxler has always been in the news for a transfer away from Schalke, one thing is for sure, if he does move away it probably would be outside Germany and Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of the German attacker.
Another one of Germany’s top talents, one of the costliest Bundesliga players when he shifted from Dortmund to Bayern Munich, his season got better when he scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.
Gotze has become one of the best players in a star studded Bayern team and seems to be learning more and more, it will be exciting to see what is next for Gotze as he has almost won everything there is to win in football.
The former Atletico Madrid and now Chelsea goalkeeper was absolutely brilliant last season as his side, Atletico not only won the La Liga ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona but also reached the finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Courtois and his defence conceded the fewest goals in the league last season and also kept the most clean sheets, his performances led him to dethrone Petr Cech at Chelsea and now he is doing just as well for Chelsea, he is still young and if he continues playing like this, he will become one of the greatest goalies ever.
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