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Future Football Stars 2019

We all know football players are judged on their performance on the pitch and their technique, but what about off the pitch? Footballers are evaluated for how they look, how they behave, how they speak and how they dress. And now, a new sportswear company wants your opinion on this aspect of a footballer's persona.

Player

In soliciting feedback on Vinicius Jr., it was clear that few players polarise opinion more than the Brazilian wide man. Whereas some are enormously excited by his tremendous pace and directness, others despair over poor decision-making and a tendency to get too worked up in crucial moments. The €46m signing from Flamengo in 2018 can look back on 100 official games for arguably the biggest club in the world a few months before he turns 21, which is good going. However, he has dropped from fourth place last year.

Strengths: Mostly deployed on the left wing by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Vinicius Jr. mainly comes to life with his diagonal runs and movement across the front when the game opens up. When allowed space, he can create danger with his speed and dribbling ability, which can see him leave opponents behind on counter-attacks. Though not the usual strategic or polished player favoured by top clubs such as Real Madrid, there's a reason Zidane is sticking with him: he's unpredictable and tricky. (Source: www.espn.com)

World

Born in Marseille. Spent five years at SC Air Bel, small academy club in city suburbs, like Fofana and Simakan. Joined professional club Istres then moved on to Juventus. Had two seasons with Primavera squad and played at the 2019 Under-17 World Cup before signing for VfB Stuttgart on loan in October 2020. He was increasingly involved with first-team in the Rückrunde of last season, but persistent injuries have meant Ahamada has made a stuttering start to the 2021/2022 campaign.

The best players in the world have a current rating of 195+ (I'm looking at you, Lionel Messi!) and this year's edition has one youngster that the developers think could reach similar heights. That's the summer's World Cup breakout star Kylian Mbappe of France. The table above shows other high quality players (all under the age of 23) that reach the high potential of at least 172. Note that many players don't have a set Potential Ability but a range, and this number is dependent on numerous circumstances already mentioned, such as coaching staff skills, training routines, teammates and other variables. (Source: www.eurogamer.net)

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