Who will be the next Messi?

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Jan 2, 2024, PRINCETON

Messi is forever a legend. However, in 2024, he is already 37 years old, and although he seems to be enjoying his time with the Miami team, time spares no one.

Recently, I had a chat with a friend who also loves soccer, and we both wondered, “In the coming years, will there be another Messi? And if so, who might that be?”

To find the answer, I thoroughly examined young attacking players under the age of 23 across Europe’s top five leagues: the Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy), and Ligue 1 (France) for the 2023/24 season. I’ve identified what I consider the top 10 players from this list:

These players have immense potential, and only time will reveal who might follow in Messi’s footsteps. As to this list, please Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions!

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal, Premier League)

Ansu Fati (Barcelona, La Liga)

Erling Haaland (Chelsea, Premier League)

Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid, La Liga)

Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina, Serie A)

Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg, Bundesliga)

Rodrigo Riquelme (Girona, La Liga)

Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)

Amine Gouiri (Lyon, Ligue 1)