There are currently a number of extraordinary youngsters vying for the position of world football’s next big star. Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, and Erling Halaand, three of the best players in the top five leagues, are always in the spotlight as potential Modric, Messi, or Ronaldo replacements. However, there are a lot of big potential players outside of the top five leagues who are proving themselves in their respective leagues and are likely to star in the top five leagues soon, such as the Premier League and Serie A.
Outside of the top five leagues, here are the top ten most valuable players.
10. Marcos Leonardo (Santos) – €14 million
Marcos Leonardo is regarded as the next big thing in Brazilian football and is quickly climbing the ranks. After making his senior team debut at the age of 16, the striker for Santos scored 34 goals in 128 appearances for them. He is a serious deal for the upcoming future because of his exciting dribbling skills and eye-catching footwork.
9. Kenneth Taylor (Ajax): €14 million
Kenneth Taylor is another high-profile Ajax player. He has played a supportive role position in midfield this season yet has scored six objectives and given three helps. Taylor is already getting some attention from big companies ahead of the upcoming transfer window, which could lead to fierce competition.
8. Tales Magno (New York City FC) – €15 million
Forward Talas Magno is another Brazilian name that is getting a lot of attention in the market. He plays for the New York City FC. He has become a household name in Major League Soccer thanks to his stunning left-wing performances. Magno is close to joining European football and is already one of the best players in the league. This season, he has assisted on eight goals and scored seven.
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7. (Dinamo Moscow) – €15 million
For the past three seasons, Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan has established himself as an authority in the Russian League. He has demonstrated that he belongs among the best players and has improved season after season. In 16 games this season, he has five assists and two goals.
6. Maurits Kjaergaard (Salzburg) – €15 million
Maurits Kjaergaard is a top Austrian league talent whose name is closely followed by numerous high-profile teams. Due to the connection between RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig is said to be particularly interested in luring him to the Bundesliga this summer. He showed up in Salzburg in 2021 and from that point forward, he has totally shaken the Austrian association.
5. Antonio Silva (SL Benfica):
The Portuguese center-back Antonio Silva is worth €15 million. In his first season, Silva has shown promising signs, and top clubs looking for a solid center-back should be wary of Silva’s rising value.
4. Luka Sucic (Salzburg) – €20 million
Luka Sucic is another significant talent at Salzburg who is currently making a significant impression in the Austrian league. He has contributed four assists for Salzburg in 12 appearances. Sucic’s creative play is impressive, and his through balls can break down defenses. He appears to be the real deal and has also made his international debut.
3. Xavi Simmons (PSV) – €20 million
Xavi Simmons is not a new name in the world of hot prospects. The Dutch international has been making waves at FC Barcelona’s youth academy since he was a teenager. However, he was unable to play for the senior team, so in search of a breakthrough, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, the move was unsuccessful, and Simmons returned to his home country in the summer of 2023. The excitement surrounding him has been rekindled by his captivating performances. He has 10 goals and 5 assists in 22 PSV games this season.
2. Benjamin Sesko (Salzburg) – €20 million
It is not surprising that Benjamin Sesko appears on this list of the most valuable young players. Sesko already made a lot of noise when he was fighting with Manchester United over a transfer last summer. The Slovakian striker’s jaw-dropping goals this season with Salzburg have already demonstrated his potential as a deadly goal scorer, and his initial hype has already hinted at his future. Next season, the Slovakian striker will join RB Leipzig.
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1. Endrick (Palmeiras) – €20 million
Although Endrick is only 16 years old, he has already reached the top of the world. During the 2022 season, he signed a contract with Real Madrid, and he will join them in 2024. The Brazilian is regarded as the next big thing in Brazil and has the potential to succeed Vinicius Junior and Neymar. He walks with a left foot and has a striking resemblance to Ronaldo Nazario during his early career.