NXGN: Pedri, Camavinga, Ansu Fati and 2021's best wonderkids

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Since NXGN's introduction in 2016, GOAL has profiled the 50 best footballing wonderkids on the planet on an annual basis, with the top-ranked player taking home the NXGN award.

Some of those recognised for the talent as teenagers are now household names, but others have not yet realised their potential.

So, ahead of the NXGN 2022 list being revealed on Tuesday, March 22, check out where the stars of 2021 are now, while all of the other previous NXGN lists can be found below...

  • Ilaix Moriba NXGN 2021Getty Images

    50Ilaix Moriba | Barcelona

    2021: Having been likened to Paul Pogba at La Masia, Moriba had broken into the Barcelona first team at the start of 2021 and was impressing under Ronald Koeman.

    2022: A contract dispute in the summer of 2021 led to Moriba joining RB Leipzig for €16m, though game time was hard to come by in Germany, and he was loaned to Valencia in January in a bid to earn more minutes.

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    49Takuhiro Nakai | Real Madrid

    2021: The Japanese starlet had already been called-up to train with the Real Madrid first team on more than one occasion having caught Zinedine Zidane's eye.

    2022: Nakai continues to develop with Madrid's Under-19s side, with hopes still high that he will make the grade at Santiago Bernabeu.

  • Maarten Vandevoordt NXGN 2021Getty Images

    48Maarten Vandevoordt | Genk

    2021: The youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history, Vandevoordt was establishing himself as the undisputed No.1 at Genk, following in the footsteps of his hero, Thibaut Courtois.

    2022: Vandevoordt remains one of the most highly-rated shot-stoppers in world football, and was recently linked with a move to Barcelona.

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    47Jayden Braaf | Manchester City

    2021: Previously likened to Jadon Sancho, Braaf had joined Udinese on loan in January 2021 as he looked to kickstart his career after suffering from injuries and a dip in form.

    2022: The ex-Ajax youngster's time in Italy was cut short after he suffered a serious knee injury, and Braaf is yet to return to action, though he has begun training again.

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    46Kenneth Taylor | Ajax

    2021: Taylor was edging his way into the Ajax senior squad, with the Toni Kroos-esque midfielder having been hailed for both his technical ability and his leadership.

    2022: A regular in Erik ten Hag's matchday squad, Taylor has only made sporadic first-team appearances this season, though he has managed to net his first top-flight goal.

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    45Radu Dragusin | Juventus

    2021: Nicknamed 'the Romanian Van Dijk', Dragusin had made appearances in both Serie A and the Champions League for Juventus.

    2022: Dragusin joined Sampdoria on loan ahead of the current season and despite breaking into the team around the turn of the year, had his stay cut short so he could instead sign for Salernitana for the remainder of the campaign.

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    44Joelson Fernandes | Sporting C.P.

    2021: Arsenal were among the elite European clubs who were being linked with Joelson, who made his first-team debut for Sporting towards the end of the 2019-20 season.

    2022: The winger joined FC Basel on a two-year loan deal ahead of the current campaign, but he has largely been limited to appearances off the bench.

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    43Exequiel Zeballos | Boca Juniors

    2021: Zeballos had been linked with both Barcelona and Manchester City after impressing the likes of Daniele De Rossi with his ability and confidence, having stepped up to the Boca first-team squad.

    2022: The winger earned a first Argentina call-up in November, and has appeared regularly at club level during the early weeks of the 2022 campaign.

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    42Sontje Hansen | Ajax

    2021: The Golden Boot winner at the 2019 Under-17 World Cup, Hansen had been linked with a move to Manchester City before signing a new deal at Ajax following his first-team debut.

    2022: Injuries and family issues hit Hansen's mental health hard in the final months of 2021, but having opened up about his struggles, he has begun to hint at a return to form with Jong Ajax in early 2022.

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    41Talles Magno | Vasco da Gama

    2021: Heralded for his skills and tricks, Talles had been linked with Liverpool and Real Madrid after becoming a regular in the Vasco da Gama line up over the previous 12 months.

    2022: In May 2021, the forward joined New York City FC in a $12m deal and scored some crucial goals as they won the MLS Cup. He has since forced his way into the line-up, and been a key figure in the team's run to the Concacaf Champions League semi-finals.

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    40Lorenzo Colombo | AC Milan

    2021: A striker with a rocket of a left foot, Colombo had averaged a goal every 33 minutes for Milan's Under-19s in 2019-20 before earning his first-team debut. He was spending the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan in Serie B with Cremonese.

    2022: Colombo has remained in the second tier this season, playing on loan at SPAL, where he has chipped in with his fair share of goals.

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    39Luka Romero | Mallorca

    2021: The youngest debutant in La Liga history after making his bow as a 15-year-old against Real Madrid in June 2020, Romero had been dubbed 'The Mexican Messi', despite opting to represent Argentina over the land of his birth.

    2022: Lazio paid a minimal fee to sign Romero in the summer of 2021 and he has made a handful of Serie A appearances during his first season in Italy.

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    38Timothee Pembele | Paris Saint-Germain

    2021: Having captained France at youth level, Pembele had broken into the PSG first-team squad, and even scored his first Ligue 1 goal.

    2022: The versatile defender joined Bordeaux on loan for the current season, and has been an almost ever-present, playing predominantly at right-back.

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    37Devyne Rensch | Ajax

    2021: Able to play in any position across the defence, Rensch had become a fixture in the Ajax first-team squad over the course of the 2020-21 season.

    2022: After making his Netherlands debut in September, Rensch has appeared regularly over the course of the season, albeit mostly as a substitute.

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    36Eduardo Quaresma | Sporting C.P.

    2021: Teams in England, Spain and Italy were all reported to be keeping tabs on Quaresma after he had impressed during his first few appearances in the Sporting first team.

    2022: The centre-back has joined Tondela on loan for the current season, where he has been in and out of the line-up for the Primeira Liga outfit.

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    35Yan Couto | Manchester City

    2021: Manchester City beat Barcelona to the signing of Couto in the winter of 2020, paying £5m for his services before sending him on loan to Girona for the 2021-22 season.

    2022: Having been named in the Segunda Division Team of the Season, the right-back is spending the current campaign in Portugal, playing regularly for Braga in the top flight.

  • Arnaud Kalimuendo NXGN 2021Getty Images

    34Arnaud Kalimuendo | Paris Saint-Germain

    2021: Kalimuendo was spending the 2020-21 season on loan at Lens, where he was thriving, scoring seven goals and laying on five assists in Ligue 1 over the course of the campaign.

    2022: The striker returned to Lens in August and has already equalled his goal tally from last season, suggesting he has what it takes to sustain a top-flight career.

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    33Ki-Jana Hoever | Wolverhampton Wanderers

    2021: Despite becoming the youngest player to represent Liverpool in the FA Cup as a 16-year-old, Hoever had found further opportunities hard to come by at Anfield, before joining Wolves for £9m in the summer of 2020. At Molineux, he was being used as a rotational member of the defence.

    2022: The ex-Ajax youngster has performed a similar role under Bruno Lage, though the Wolves boss has criticised him for a lack of preparation leading to a recent injury.

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    32Filip Stevanovic | Manchester City

    2021: The third-youngest player in Partizan history, Man City had agreed to pay £6m to sign Stevanovic late in 2020, before sending him on loan back to his boyhood club for the remainder of the campaign.

    2022: The forward is spending the current campaign on loan at Heerenveen, but he has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the line-up for the Eredivisie outfit.

  • Riccardo Calafiori NXGN 2021Getty Images

    31Riccardo Calafiori | Roma

    2021: Calafiori had recovered from a potentially career-ending injury suffered in 2018 to force his way into the first-team picture at Roma, and he had already announced himself with a stunning goal in the Europa League.

    2022: Having only made a handful of appearances during the first half of the current season, the left-back joined Genoa on loan in January.

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    30Brian Brobbey | Ajax

    2021: Brobbey was likened to Romelu Lukaku during his youth career due to his physical stature and ability in front of goal, and RB Leipzig had already agreed to sign him in the summer of 2021 after he rejected a new deal at Ajax.

    2022: The striker struggled to make an impact in Germany and returned to Ajax on loan in January, scoring three times in his first two league games back at the club before a knee injury ruled him out for two months.

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    29Isaac Lihadji | Lille

    2021: A star for France at the 2019 Under-17 World Cup, Lihadji had been linked with Manchester United before leaving Marseille for Lille in the summer of 2021 following a contract dispute.

    2022: The winger got himself a Ligue 1 winner's medal in his first season at Lille, but he has largely been a substitute since arriving at the club almost two years ago.

  • Noni Madueke NXGN 2021Getty Images

    28Noni Madueke | PSV

    2021: Madueke left Tottenham in 2018, rejecting a move to Manchester United to join PSV in a bid to earn first-team minutes. It was a move that was paying off, too, as he scored nine goals and laid on eight assists in his first full Eredivisie season.

    2022: The England Under-21 international made a fast start to the new season, scoring some stunning goals, only for a recurring muscle injury to rule him out of action for around five months. Madueke has shown some form, though, since his return.

  • Karim Adeyemi NXGN 2021Getty Images

    27Karim Adeyemi | Red Bull Salzburg

    2021: Released by Bayern Munich at an early age, Adeyemi opted to join Salzburg over Chelsea when he turned 16, and he was gradually earning more and more first-team minutes while contributing both goals and assists off the bench.

    2022: Adeyemi eventually reached double figures for both goals and assists in 2020-21, and has backed that up by enjoying a true breakout campaign both domestically and in Europe this time around. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are now among the clubs hoping to sign the forward him this summer.

  • Harvey Elliott NXGN 2021Getty Images

    26Harvey Elliott | Liverpool

    2021: After becoming the youngest player in Premier League history in the spring of 2019, Liverpool moved quickly to sign the Fulham youngster that summer. Elliott was spending the 2020-21 season impressing on loan at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

    2022: The midfielder forced himself into Liverpool's line-up at the start of the season only for a horrific ankle injury to rule him out for five months. He has since returned to action and scored his first goal for the club in February.

  • Sebastiano Esposito NXGN 2021Getty Images

    25Sebastiano Esposito | Inter

    2021: One of the stars of Italy's run to the Under-17s European Championship final in 2019, Esposito had already scored his first goal for the Inter first team after becoming their youngest-ever player in European competition. He was spending the second half of the 2020-21 season on loan at Venezia, after struggling at SPAL in late 2020.

    2022: Esposito helped Venezia earn promotion to Serie A before joining Basel on loan for the current campaign. He made a brilliant start to live in Switzerland, scoring in four of his first five league appearances, but a series of injuries have made putting a run of consistent games together difficult.

  • Dario Sarmiento NXGN 2021Getty Images

    24Dario Sarmiento | Estudiantes

    2021: Sarmiento had earned comparisons to Lionel Messi in his native Argentina after thrilling Estudiantes fans with his dribbling ability during his early appearances for the club.

    2022: Manchester City swooped in to pay an initial £5.2m to sign Sarmiento in the summer of 2021, before loaning him to Girona for the season. Injuries have, however, limited him to just nine league appearances thus far.

  • Nuno Mendes NXGN 2021Getty Images

    23Nuno Mendes | Sporting CP

    2021: The left-back had already become the youngest player to start a match for Sporting since Cristiano Ronaldo and was playing a key role as Ruben Amorim's side closed in on the Portuguese title.

    2022: Mendes got his title-winner's medal, before agreeing a move to Paris Saint-Germain that has seen him spending the current season on loan at the Parc des Princes, with the French side set to pay €40m to make the deal permanent this summer.

  • Adil Aouchiche NXGN 2021Getty Images

    22Adil Aouchiche | Saint-Etienne

    2021: Aouchiche made headlines in the summer of 2019 after scoring nine goals in just four games at the Under-17s European Championship, but found opportunities at Paris Saint-Germain limited, leading to him running down his contract and joining Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2020.

    2022: Having played all-but four league games in 2020-21, the midfielder has largely been a substitute during the current campaign, though Aouchiche has still laid on a handful of assists for the struggling Verts.

  • Adam Hlozek NXGN 2021Getty Images

    21Adam Hlozek | Sparta Prague

    2021: Already a full Czech Republic international, Hlozek was in the midst of a season that would see him finish as the Fortuna Liga's top scorer, despite him missing over four months with a broken foot.

    2022: Despite being linked with teams in England and Germany, Hlozek stayed with Sparta this season, and is already in double figures for assists in 2021-22 while also contributing his fair share of goals.

  • Josko Gvardiol NXGN 2021Getty Images

    20Josko Gvardiol | Dinamo Zagreb

    2021: RB Leipzig had already agreed to pay €19m to sign Gvardiol in the summer of 2021, so impressed were they by the Dinamo Zagreb teenager's assured performances in a variety of defensive roles.

    2022: The Croatia international has been a shining light for Leipzig in his first Bundesliga season, quickly developing into one of the league's best young centre-backs.

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    19Amad | Manchester United

    2021: United raised eyebrows when they agreed to pay up to £37m to sign Amad from Atalanta in October 2020, but the Red Devils were keen to tap into the potential of a player who had become the youngest to ever score on their Serie A debut.

    2022: Amad found first-team opportunities hard to come by in his first 12 months at Old Trafford, and he joined Rangers on loan in January 2022 in a bid to earn more minutes.

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    18Kaio Jorge | Santos

    2021: Having played a key role in Santos' run to the 2020 Copa Libertadores final, Kaio was earning admiring glances from a host of top European clubs.

    2022: Juventus won the race to sign the striker in the summer of 2021, paying €3m to bring him to Turin, though he has largely been used off the bench by Massimiliano Allegri thus far.

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    17Fabio Silva | Wolverhampton Wanderers

    2021: Both the youngest player and goalscorer in Porto history, Silva was earning comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo in his homeland before Wolves paid a club-record £35m to sign him in the summer of 2020.

    2022: After deputising for Raul Jimenez for much of his first season at Molineux, Silva has tended to be used off the bench this season, though he has struggled when it comes to goalscoring.

  • Tanguy Nianzou NXGN 2021Getty Images

    16Tanguy Nianzou | Bayern Munich

    2021: Described as the "greatest talent in Europe in his position" by Oliver Kahn, Bayern had signed Nianzou in the summer of 2020 after he decided to run down his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

    2022: Injuries ruined Nianzou's first season in Germany and though he has managed to stay relatively fit this time around, the defender has almost exclusively been a substitute under Julian Nagelsmann.

  • Youssoufa Moukoko NXGN 2021Getty Images

    15Youssoufa Moukoko | Borussia Dortmund

    2021: Moukoko had been spoken about as a potential superstar for years, having scored freely for both the St. Pauli and Dortmund youth teams, despite playing three or four years above his actual age. When he finally graduated to the first team in late 2020, he became the youngest player and goalscorer in Bundesliga history, as well as the Champions League's youngest-ever debutant.

    2022: After a ligament problem ended the 2020-21 season early for Moukoko, injuries have continued to plague Moukoko throughout the current campaign, meaning that he has remained on the fringes of the Dortmund first team.

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    14Jeremy Doku | Rennes

    2021: Previously a target for Liverpool, Doku shone after breaking through at Anderlecht, which in turn led to Rennes paying €26m to sign him in October 2020.

    2022: Doku's pace and power caught the eye while playing for Belgium at Euro 2020, but hamstring and knee injuries have meant he has missed the majority of this season.

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    13Yunus Musah | Valencia

    2021: Signed from the Arsenal academy in 2019, Musah had broken into the Valencia first team during the 2020-21 season, while also making his United States debut, despite representing England as a youth.

    2022: Musah continues to appear regularly at Mestalla, though he arguably has more of a key role at international level than he does for his club right now.

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    12Gabriel Veron | Palmeiras

    2021: The Golden Ball winner at the 2019 Under-17 World Cup, Veron had already broken into the Palmeiras first team and played a key role in their run to win the 2020 Copa Libertadores, even if injury ruled him out of playing in the final.

    2022: Injuries continued to plague Veron throughout 2021 and the winger has been unable to re-establish himself in the Palmeiras line-up in the early weeks of the 2022 campaign.

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    11Rayan Cherki | Lyon

    2021: Already the youngest goalscorer in Lyon history, Cherki was beginning to make waves in French football having been touted as a potential generational talent throughout his youth career.

    2022: Though he found form in the Europa League and for France Under-21s this season, Cherki has not had the breakout season a number of fans were expecting, while a broken foot ended his season early in February.

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    10Reinier | Real Madrid

    2021: The latest teenager to swap Brazil for the Bernabeu, Madrid paid €35m in January 2020 to sign the Flamengo playmaker, who had been likened to Kaka in South America. In the summer of 2020, he joined Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan deal, but was struggling to make an impact in Germany.

    2022: Things have not improved for Reinier, with the Brazilian still able to count on one hand the number of starts he has made since arriving in the Bundesliga.

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    9Mohamed Ihattaren | PSV

    2021: One of Europe's best teenage creative midfielders, Ihattaren shone in the 2019-20 season, only to fall out with new PSV boss Roger Schmidt at the beginning of the following campaign.

    2022: Further rifts followed, leading to Ihatteren joining Juventus in a €6m deal in the summer of 2021, before he was loaned to Sampdoria. He never played a game in Serie A, however, and there were even reports that he would retire after he returned to the Netherlands mid-season. He was eventually signed on a year-long loan by Ajax in January 2022, but has failed to impress Erik ten Hag due to his lack of fitness.

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    8Jamal Musiala | Bayern Munich

    2021: Signed from Chelsea in the summer of 2019, Musiala had become the youngest player to ever represent Bayern in the Bundesliga around a year later and was impressing whenever he was given the chance to play for the German champions.

    2022: Musiala remains a key member of the Bayern squad and has also done well on the international stage after opting to represent Germany rather than England, having played for both countries at under-age level.

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    7Ryan Gravenberch | Ajax

    2021: After becoming Ajax's youngest-ever player in September 2018, Gravenberch was a regular in Erik ten Hag's side, a full Netherlands international and was being compared to Paul Pogba.

    2022: Though not always at his best this season, Gravenberch remains one of the most highly-sought after youngsters in world football, with Bayern Munich having been heavily linked with a move this summer.

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    6Florian Wirtz | Bayer Leverkusen

    2021: Signed from Koln in January 2020, Wirtz had made an excellent start to life in the Leverkusen team, and was briefly the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history.

    2022: Wirtz went to a new level this season, registering some of the best numbers for combined goals and assists of any player in Europe's 'Big Five' leagues. A serious knee injury suffered in March, however, looks set to keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of 2022.

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    5Jude Bellingham | Borussia Dortmund

    2021: Perhaps the most complete midfielder produced by England in 20 years, the ex-Birmingham City star was settling into life at Dortmund following his €25m move to Signal Iduna Park in the summer of 2020.

    2022: Bellingham has gone from strength to strength over the course of the current campaign, upping his goal and assist numbers considerably while becoming a leader on the pitch for the Bundesliga giants.

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    4Pedri | Barcelona

    2021: Pedri was making waves at Barcelona in his first season at Camp Nou following his €5m move from Las Palmas, with his relationship with Lionel Messi bearing plenty of fruit for the Blaugrana.

    2022: He went onto be named Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2020, and the Golden Boy and Kopa Trophee winner for 2021, but Pedri's hectic schedule, which also included the Olympic Games, eventually caught up with him, as a hamstring injury ruled him out for three-and-a-half months during the first half of the current season. He has, though, been in fine form since returning to fitness.

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    3Gio Reyna | Borussia Dortmund

    2021: As a young American learning his trade at Dortmund, it was only natural that Reyna would earn comparisons to Christian Pulisic, but the forward was living up to the hype.

    2022: The forward spent almost six months on the sidelines with an injury earlier this season and only recently returned to action at Signal Iduna Park.

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    2Eduardo Camavinga | Rennes

    2021: Camavinga became an overnight star in August 2019 after a highlights clip went viral of the then-16-year-old putting in a dominant performance against Paris Saint-Germain. He was soon linked with a host of top European clubs, most notably Real Madrid, as he continued to shine in Ligue 1 while becoming a France international.

    2022: Real Madrid paid €40m to bring the midfielder to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2021, and after scoring on his debut, Camavinga has largely been a substitute during his first season in Spain, as he learns under the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.

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    1Ansu Fati | Barcelona

    2021: Fati broke countless goalscoring records, including becoming the youngest ever player to find the net in the Champions League, after being promoted to the Barca first team in 2019. His performances earned him a first Spain cap, with many expecting him to be a star of Euro 2020 for La Roja.

    2022: A meniscus injury suffered in November 2021 proved to be more difficult to treat than first thought, and required four surgeries as he missed the rest of the season and the Euros. When Fati has played term, he has been a thorn in the side of opposition defences, but back-to-back hamstring injuries have meant that it again looks like being a lost campaign for the forward.