In this article, we will predict the five football players who could be the best players in the world in the year 2020, under the assumption that they reach their late twenties and they will be at the peak of their powers.
While Lionel Messi holds the title as the best football player on the planet at only 24 years of age, the majority of the players who are directly chasing him for that distinction are to be sure in their late twenties.
Therefore, we’re sure you will have some of those players in mind when creating your very own version of this list.
5. Christian Eriksen
At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Christian Eriksen introduced himself to football fans everywhere, showing everyone why not only Ajax pay some respect
to him, but by some of the biggest European clubs around.
As the youngest player in the tournament, Eriksen participated in two matches, against the Netherlands and Japan. Since that time, this 20-year-old midfielder stock has risen exponentially, and that experience has been used as the springboard for what looks destined to be a long, successful career.
With seven goals and 17 assists to his name this past season, this football player’s hometown Middelfart, Denmark was an important part of an Ajax side that ultimately captured yet another league title.
4. Thiago Alcantara
Barcelona’s youth academy is famous for developing some of the most ever seen technically gifted football players, and Thiago Alcantara may yet become the best of them all.
Thiago will be able to watch and learn from some greatest players this generation has ever seen, and that can only help him develop – which many expect of him to end up with being among the best midfielders in the world.
Already having a wide range of passing and a proven ability to score spectacular goals, it is hard to think this little Spaniard will not improve as the decade progresses.
With a £90 million buy-out clause in his contract, Barcelona is sure to believe in the 20-year-old’s ability to become a world-class football player.
3. Eden Hazard
After toying with the football world (more specifically the big boys of the English Premier League) for months, by securing a £32 million transfer to Champions League holders Chelsea last week Eden Hazard finally put an end to all of the speculations.
Hazard has all of the necessary aspects to become one of the best football players in the globe. The Belgian sensation is a talented player who can behind the two strikers as well as play out wide, and his smooth dribbling skills are complemented by the fast pace that makes him a nightmare for defenders.
The two-time winner of the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award led Lille to an impressive third-place scoring 20 goals and adding 16 assists along the way finish this season.
Those numbers made him one of only two players in the major European leagues who reach 15 in both categories this season.
The other? Lionel Messi.
2. Mario Gotze
The baby-faced star having just turned 20 years old this Sunday is one of the most sought-after players in the world today. That the reason why the manager Jurgen Klopp must have left a huge sigh of relief when Gotze recently agreed to sign a contract extension with the German champions until 2016.
A central attacking midfielder who also has the ability to play in wider areas (although the hole behind the striker is his best position), the young football player has a talent for producing the killer pass, and will also pop up and find the net on occasion.
It was such an unfortunate turn of events after Gotze had started the season in great form, recording five goals and five assists in the first 14 games for the club.
Neymar is already one of the most recognizable football players in the world of football at only 20 years old, and his dazzling displays for both club and country have left Europe’s biggest clubs drooling over the expectation of adding him to their squad.
His gifted lightning-quick feet, equally impressive speed and skill on the ball, and a keen eye for goal, the Santos star has already become the center point of the Selecao attack, for whom he has scored nine goals in only 18 appearances.
No need to be lengthy, 86 goals in 161 games for Santos (according to ESPN) speaks for itself. Most football attacking players in the world would gladly those numbers in a heartbeat.