Alejandro Garnacho has broken into the Manchester United first team and has already made a big impact.

The 18-year-old is one of the best young players in the world – so where exactly does he rank?

We have put together a list of the top seven young footballers in world football, with Alejandro Garnacho among them.

There are some big names among them, with several even linked with moves to Manchester United…

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The best 10 young players in the world

Our top 10 countdown starts here from 1-10…

Jude Bellingham

England sensation Jude Bellingham tops our list. The 19-year-old has established himself as a star in the Champions League for Borussia Dortmund.

Bellingham is a regular in the England squad and will star at the World Cup. He has already racked up more than 100 club appearances.

He is a central midfielder with a bit of everything, ability to score, create, and do the dirty work. The Mirror has reported Bellingham is United’s top target ahead of a summer bidding war, with speculated fees being as high as £150 million.


Barcelona ace Pedri is seen as his country’s future. The 19-year-old will represent Spain at the World Cup, with 14 caps to his name already.

He starred at Euro 2020 for Spain, and is seen as the future of Barcelona, with more than 90 appearances for the club so far.

Pedri is a midfielder who is capable of playing as a winger too, and Manchester United will go up against him in the Europa League play-off round next year.

Jamal Musiala

Jamal Musiala, 19, is the one which got away for England. Formerly part of Southampton and Chelsea’s academy teams, Musiala returned to Germany where he was born and signed with Bayern Munich.

Having previously represented England’s under-21 side, Musiala’s allegiance is now with Germany, who he will represent at the World Cup, with 17 caps already.

He made his Bayern debut two years ago and has more than 70 appearances and 20 goals for the club to his name. Musiala is an attacking midfielder, who is under contract with Bayern until 2026.


Gavi is the second of Barcelona’s midfield wonderkids, whose presence has helped limit Frenkie de Jong’s game time.

The 18-year-old is seen as the heir to Xavi, who is his current manager at Barcelona. Like Pedri, he will soon be facing Manchester United.

He has more than 60 first team appearances and will also be part of the Spain side for the World Cup, scoring his first goals for his country earlier this year.

Youssoufa Moukouko

Youssoufa Moukoko has been setting records in Borussia Dortmund’s academy and now with Erling Haaland gone, he is making the step up.

Born in Cameroon, the 17-year-old made his first appearance for Germany earlier this year and is part of their World Cup squad.

Moukoko scored his first Champions League goal at just 16, and has 11 first team goals for Borussia Dortmund already, having set records for being the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history.


Endrick is the Brazil wonderkid the world is battling to sign. At just 16, Europe’s top clubs are fighting it out to snap him up already.

The young striker has seven first team appearances and three goals to his name so far for Palmeiras.

He has five goals in four games for Brazil’s under-17 side, and it is only a matter of time before the national side start to integrate him into their senior team.

Alejandro Garnacho

Manchester United whizkid Alejandro Garnacho ranks number seven on the list. If we were being a little more biased, we would place him a lot higher.

Garnacho has got it all, he can score goals, he can dribble past players, and he can unlock defences with his passing. His impressive acceleration helps him fly past his opponents.

After firing United to win the FA Youth Cup last season, and being called into the Argentina national squad, Garnacho has reached the Red Devils first team. Already he has two goals and two assists, and has just been voted player of the month.

Mathys Tel

Mathys Tel is the latest French sensation to start making his name in European football. Bayern Munich snapped him up from Rennes this summer for £25 million.

Tel, 17, became Bayern’s youngster goalscorer earlier this season, and has four goals for the club so far. In the Bundesliga he has three in just 163 minutes of football.

The teenager can play across the front three, and is working his way up the France ranks. He has four goals in three games for their under-19 side.

Marcos Leonardo

Marcos Leonardo, 19, is a little further along in his development than Endrick and is consistently showing his quality in Brazil.

The striker has 21 goals for Santos this past season in all competitions and is part of Brazil’s under-20 set up.

Italian outlet Calcio Mercato has reported Manchester United’s interest in the forward, amid the club’s need to sign a striker. He has already made more than 100 appearances for Santos.

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Jhon Duran

Colombian wonderkid Jhon Duran is starring in Major League Soccer for Chicago Fire, with The Sun recently tipping him for a move to Manchester United.

Duran, 18, has struck eight goals for his club and six assists, since joining from Envigado back in January.

The striker recently made his Colombia debut, replacing former United forward Radamel Falcao.

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