Football’s Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

Every sports athlete is often faced with massive pressure in living up to expectations, while some embrace both the pressure and attention and ended up living up to their potential some simply fade away into mediocrity.

Many youngsters have had to deal with injuries or psychological issues which causes their career to take a nosedive, while sometimes they fail to handle the pressure from both the media and fans who overestimated their abilities.

But with the names we have on this list about the much talked about youngsters who have truly lived up to their potentials and still growing at a level expected of them, we can unanimously say they’re living up to the fans and media expectations.

Football’s Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

Ansu Fati – (Barcelona)

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

Electric pace, supreme killer instinct in front of goal, and the skills to influence play for his team are some of the qualities that stand the young Fati out amongst his fellow youngsters in world football.

Before Fati was marked out as the obvious star to replace club legend Lionel Messi, the Spaniard has already been showing the qualities of a superstar in the making with his brilliant and commendable performances for the Calatan club even with Messi on the pitch.

An injury to his knee suffered in November hindered his progressive form, but before he was sidelined he was largely Barcelona’s best play with the baton of responsibility seemingly on his shoulder.

Though he’s not got to the level of Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, or even Haaland the young Barcelona star is gradually building a name for himself and living up to the fan’s expectations.

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Eduardo Camavinga – (Real Madrid)

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

In 2018 Camavinga became Renne’s youngest ever professional footballer for the club at the age of 16, and since then he went on to lay claim to a starting eleven in the team playing regularly in Ligue 1.

With his impressive and commendable performance for the French club, Real Madrid continue to be reported as his likeliest destination though there is a lot of clubs showing interest in signing the talented midfielder dubbed the next Makelele.

In 2021, Real Madrid announced Camavinga had signed a contract until 2027 from Rennes having been on their radar for a while.

With life at the Santiago, Bernabeu Camavinga is learning from the trio of Kross, Modric, and Casemiro who had been the club’s most consistent midfield partners in the last decade and has fitted into the team pretty well.

Gonzalez Pedri – (Barcelona)

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

Barcelona only needed to see Pedri play just three games of senior football before making move to sign the youngster who was told by Real Madrid he was not good enough to make it at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It came as a huge surprise for every Barcelona with the way the youngster Pedri dubbed the new ‘Iniesta’ has taken to life in Camp Nou, following his €5m move from Las Palmas in the Segunda Division.

Pedri seemingly started his Barcelona career with impressive performances, and he further up the ante at the Euro 2020 for Spain where he shone like a million stars against some of the finest football stars in world football.

With his career on the upward trajectory at Barcelona, there’s a lot of hope at Camp Nou that the young Pedri will go on to build a great reputation for himself.

Jude Bellingham – (Borussia Dortmund)

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

When Birmingham City made the decision to sell the England international for Borussia Dortmund for €25m they knew he was going to become the greatest player the club has ever produced, but it was just necessary for the club to sell him.

After joining the Signal Iduna Park outfit Bellingham didn’t take long before hitting the ground running in the Bundesliga, becoming a key figure in Germany as one of the youngest players doing well outside his country.

With his upward trajectory looking more interesting every now and then, we can boldly say Bellingham is living up to his potential as an English boy in the Bundesliga and with more still in his arsenal.

Florian Wirtz – (Bayer Leverkusen)

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

When Kai Havertz left Bayer Leverkusen for Chelsea in the summer, there were questions over how the BayArena side would fill the void left by the club’s homegrown star.

Surprisingly, the young attacking midfielder who was one of Europe’s breakout stars step into the shoes of Havertz seemingly and went on carrying the responsibility of the team on his shoulder.

When Bayer Leverkusen beat off competition from league rival Bayern Munich to sign Wirtz in 2020, the German was dubbed the best player to emerge from Koln academy in 30 years and the youngster is gradually building up a great career for himself.

Giovanni Reyna – (Borussia Dortmund)

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

Since some of the U.S great players retired from the national team, they’ve not been able to parade a world-class star but with the emergence of Gio Reyna in the middle of the pack for the team they can now feel relieved.

Having had a brilliant 2019-20 campaign with Dortmund and becoming the youngest goal-scorer in DFB Pokal history, he upped his performances a notch in the 2020-21 campaign playing with the likes of Sancho and Haaland.

With more still to come from the young American midfielder for both his country and club, we can argue that Reyna is living up to his potential as a youngster.

Jamal Musiala – (Bayern Munich)

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

If Musiala continues to deliver on his potential at Bayern Munich, the youngster might end up becoming one of Die Roten’s greatest players in the history of the club.

Interestingly the midfielder went from being part of the club’s U17s on the opening day of the 2019-20 season to holding the record as both Die Roten’s youngest debutant and youngest goal-scorer in Bundesliga history in the space of 12 months.

After making a rapid rise into stardom through the ranks at Bayern, Musiala firmly built a great career for himself that will see him go on in reaching his potential.

Karim Adeyemi – (RB Salzburg)

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

When Adeyemi was released by Bayern Munich at a young age amid disagreement and disciplinary issues, they never thought they’re letting off a brilliant youngster.

Now at Salzburg, the giant of Austrian football Adeyemi has worked hard to become one of Europe’s most talked-about a young players, with his upward form attracting a lot of interest from top clubs in Europe.

Should the youngster continue his football career with the kind of form he’s started with at Salzburg, there’s no way he won’t get to fulfill his potential baring injury and wrong move to another club.

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