The players that make up the list that follows are those who appear as the possible young figures of the World Cup. We choose ten, but it can be twenty or more. The number is just a whim.
Julian Alvarez – Argentina. It has evolved a lot in a short time. The former River is one of Pep Guardiola’s favorites at Manchester City, where he is covered by Erling Haaland. He took the opportunity to show himself in the national team by playing a great game against the United Arab Emirates, in which he replaced Lautaro Martínez. He scored the first goal. At 22, he has plenty of talent. Perhaps he is not from the game in the Argentine National Team just because he joined a team that Lionel Scaloni already had assembled.
Ansu Fati – Spain. A year ago, in this same newspaper, the former Argentine player José Luis Lanao told the story of this young castaway who escaped poverty and stood out as the great promise of Barcelona. The world media focused on him. Born in Guinea-Bissau 20 years ago, that expectation could have put enormous pressure on him. Especially since it was said that he was the successor of Lionel Messi. A Spanish citizen, he has all the conditions to stand out in the highest competition.
Pedro – Spain. Pedro González López, his name. 19 years old, Barcelona figure, from Las Palmas. In March of last year he was called up for the first time to integrate the national team of his country. At his young age, he has an unusual experience. He played World Cup Qualifiers (Qatar), Olympics and Eurocup (chosen Best Young Player of the tournament). 16 goals in total: 4 in Las Palmas and 12 in Barcelona. The Spaniards are excited that he will be the figure of the national team and, who knows, of the World Cup.
Eduardo Camavinga – France. As usually happens in the French National Team, one of its figures was not born in the country. Camavinga was born in Angola 20 years ago, but obviously has French nationality. He is a gamer. He makes brilliant passes, has goal arrivals and an enviable physique. He has been playing for Real Madrid since last year.
Antony-Brazil. He has the seasonings to sell typical self-improvement stories. He was born in São Paulo, grew up in a favela, made his debut in the First Division with the São Paulo shirt and plays for Manchester United. He previously stood out in the Dutch Ajax, who paid almost 16 million euros for his transfer. Since August of this year, and for 95 million euros, he has played for Manchester, where he is an idol. In the national team he played 11 games. Also, he has an Olympic gold medal. He lacks nothing. But as if that were not enough, he told about his violent childhood: “I was born in hell. This is not a joke. For my European friends who don’t know, the favela where I grew up in São Paulo is called hell. We were so used to seeing weapons that they weren’t even scary anymore. It was just a part of everyday life. We were more afraid that the police would break down our door.”
Xavi Simons – Netherlands. Impossible not to find a figure in a World Cup squad in the Netherlands. In this case, Xavi Simons. 19 years. Former Barcelona youth player and prominent Paris Saint Germain player, he is currently at PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 8 goals in 14 games. He was questioned for leaving PSG, with all that that means. Attacking midfielder, he is Ruud Van Nisterlooy’s weakness at Eindhoven and one of the favorites of the national coach, Louis Van Gaal. He’s a great player, but he has a weakness: some discipline issues off the court.
Jamal Musiala – Germany. They say that this Bayern Munich player, only 19 years old, can break it in the World Cup. Forward, he is the great jewel of football in his country. Fast, dribbling and daring, he is part of the new hope litter. Born in Stuttgart, he spent part of his childhood in England, where he played inferior to Southampton and Chelsea. In June 2020 he made his professional debut at Bayern and has already played more than 50 games. Experience is not lacking. He could have been a player for the English National Team, but he leaned towards the German.
Youssoufa Moukoko – Germany. He was born in Cameroon but, as usual, he plays for a power. Nothing less than for Germany. He is 17 years old and this November 20 he will turn 18. At 16 he made his debut in the First Division for Borussia Dortmund. Forward of race, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur want him in his ranks. Qatar may be the great leap in his incipient and tremendous career.
Darwin Nunez – Uruguay. Figure of Liverpool, with 23 years is the oldest among the promises. If his team were European, he would surely have more diffusion. But he is part of Uruguay, one of the teams with the greatest turnover that will participate in the World Cup. Before coming to English football, he made his debut at Peñarol, he went to Almería and then to Benfica. With 1.87 meters he knows how to play in height. In the area he is very dangerous. Mom bottler, dad worker, Darwin ate when and how he could. In that area he forged his character. He never gives up a ball. Everything indicates that he will be in the game along with Luis Suárez in Uruguay’s World Cup debut, on Thursday 24, against South Korea.
Gavi – Spain. His real name is Pablo Martín Páez Gavira, he is 18 years old and plays as a striker for Barcelona. His token costs 155 million euros, a figure that makes him one of the most valuable players on the market. He made his debut in the Spanish National Team at the age of 17 and there are already those who compare him with two enormous references: Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta.