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In 2007 World Soccer came out with a list of the 50 world's most exciting teenage footballers. You can now tell who they were wrong about and who they were right about.

Rank Name Position Country Age
1 Sadick Adams Striker Ghana 17
2 Ismail Aissati Attacking Midfielder Holland 19
3 Alexandre Pato Striker Brazil 18
4 Anderson Attacking Midfielder Brazil 19
5 Giovani Dos Santos Attacking Midfielder Mexico 18
6 Gareth Bale Left Back Wales 18
7 Sergio Aguero Striker Argentina 19
8 Bojan Krkic Striker Spain 17
9 Breno Defender Brazil 18
10 Gerardo Bruna Attacking Midfielder Argentina 16
11 Angel Di Maria Attacking Midfielder Argentina
12 Diego Buonanotte Attacking Midfielder Argentina
13 Franco Di Santo Striker Argentina
14 Macauley Chrisantus Striker Nigeria
15 Karim Benzema Striker France
16 Dumitru Copil Attacking Midfielder Romania
17 Fabio Left Back Brazil
18 Kermit Erasmus Striker South Africa
19 Fabio Coentrao Left Winger Portugal
20 Marouane Fellaini Midfielder Belgium
21 Guilherme Attacking Midfielder Brazil
22 Damian Ismodes Winger Peru
23 Lorenzo De Silvestri Right Back Italy
24 Nour Hadhria Midfielder Tunisia
25 Rabul Ibrahim Attacking Midfielder Nigeria
26 Kerlon Striker Brazil
27 Toni Kroos Attacking Midfielder Germany
28 Juan Manuel Mata Attacking Midfielder Spain
29 Lulinha Attacking Midfielder Brazil
30 Sapol Mani Midfielder Togo
31 Cristian Nazarith Striker Colombia
32 Ransford Osei Striker Ghana
33 Aaron Niguez Striker Spain
34 Daniel Opare Right Back Ghana
35 Fran Merida Midfielder Spain
36 Nikolay Mihaylov Goalkeeper Bulgaria
37 Mesut Ozil Attacking Midfielder Germany
38 Andrea Russotto Attacking Midfielder Italy
39 Renato Augusto Attacking Midfielder Brazil
40 Henri Saivet Striker France
41 Micah Richards Right Back England
42 Alexis Sanchez Winger Chile
43 Sergio Tejera Attacking Midfielder Spain
44 Marek Suchy Defender Czech Republic
45 Ivan Rakitic Midfielder Croatia
46 Abdou Traore Winger Burkina Faso
47 Carlos Vela Striker Mexico
48 Theo Walcott Striker England
49 Gregory Van Der Wiel Defender Holland
50 Ever Banega Midfielder Argentina
 

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They failed totally with Dumitru Copil. But I think they included him just because he was in Scotland back then. They only care about promising players when they are abroad.
 

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Yeah, they didn't mewntion Miralem Pjanic:)D) and he's a young star on the rise from Bosnia. But the predictions/article was good overall.
 

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Decent list, but I don't think we will make a worse list, if we tried in this sub-section of the forum.
 

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Whoops, didn't see Aguero, my bad.

What month in 2007 was this list made? If it's before June, then Messi has to be there, he was 19, just like Aguero.
Pretty sure Messi was more than just a 'exciting teenager', even back then. Besides, he was 20 as someone else had already said

He was already well and truly a breakout star

I think the list is pretty good, maybe not so much the ranking order but the names inside. Never heard of #1 though :confused:, or a lot of those south american/african talents
 

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LOL at the number one. I actually never even heard the name. Not even in football manager.
World Soccer didn't rank the players. They were just put in random order.


Here is the full report from the November 2007 edition of World Soccer:











































 

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Ah, Sadick Adams. He really has disappeared recently. His transfer saga with Etoile du Sahel and Atletico was always in the news after his exploits at the U17 WC.

I'm surprised Pablo Piatti isn't on this list after his exploits on the U20 World Cup winning side as the youngest player on the team. Likewise with Diego Capel, Altidore and Dawid Janczyk. I am guessing this list came out before the WC?

The order seems funny too. Chrisantus at #14 seems low for him if Adams is #1. Chrisantus was seen as a better talent.
 
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