Many of the legends we know first made waves at the World Cup while they were young, before becoming superstars. Pelé in 1958 and Mbappé in 2018 are two of many examples.
Since 2006, the FIFA Young Player Award has been presented to the player who is at least 21 years old and has had the best performance in the World Cup. In Qatar, we will see real talents and important contenders for this distinction.
Let's take a look at the contenders to win the Best Young Player award at the upcoming World Cup, starting on November 20 in Qatar.
Eduardo Camavinga (20 years old)
The young Real Madrid midfielder proved last season that he can perform in demanding matches. To win the Champions League, the Spanish team counted on Camavinga, who came off the bench in difficult moments.
Although he will not start for France at the World Cup, he will surely leave a good impression on the field every time he gets the chance to play.
Bukayo Saka (21 years old)
Bukayo Saka is already an established player in the England squad, having been a key player in their UEFA Euro 2020 runner-up finish.
The Arsenal winger offers guarantees both offensively and as a wing-back if coach Gary Southgate decides to play with a three-man backline.
William Saliba (21 years old)
If Raphael Varane does not get fit before the World Cup starts, we are likely to see William Saliba start for France, and he will certainly do very well in Qatar.
The Arsenal player is currently one of the best defenders in the English Premier League. Saliba is quick to intercept, difficult to beat up top, and has a good ball delivery.
If Arsenal are the current leaders of the English championship, much is due to how well Saliba is playing.
Gavi (18 years old)
The reigning Golden Boy Award winner made his professional debut at the age of 17 and immediately established himself as a starter for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team.
Very few players have the understanding of the game that Gavi has at his age, and he will surely have a good tournament in Qatar, which will serve as the start of an important World Cup career.
Pedri (19 years old)
Everything he touches becomes magic; that's the best way to describe Pedri, a midfielder with infinite creativity when he has the ball at his feet.
The FC Barcelona midfielder has already shown that he can perform in difficult situations, and he will be the one to set up the play from the center of the field forward in Spain.
Jamal Musiala (19 years old)
Since his debut at Bayern Munich, Jamal Musiala has become one of the most promising players in the world, not only for his attacking ability but also for his versatility.
Although he primarily plays as an attacking midfielder, Musiala can do the job of a center midfielder and also generate danger from the left side as a winger.
Musiala will most likely start in Germany, where he will share the attack with Bayern teammates Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry, and Leroy Sané.
Jude Bellingham (19 years old)
Undoubtedly one of the best players at the moment, Jude Bellingham is England's great hope to go far in this World Cup.
Bellingham is the perfect explanation of what a modern midfielder is capable of: getting into the box and attacking dangerously, as well as cutting up opposition play in midfield. The young Englishman can do it all.