The 10 most valuable teenagers in the world

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner 4 Jun 2022 16:10 BST 3 min read
Eduardo Camavinga, France, 2022

The biggest clubs in the world are always seeking to steal a march of their rivals by signing up the game’s brightest talent at as young an age as possible.

While clubs like Barcelona have made their academy an integral part of their identity for others, such as Borussia Dortmund, it is a vital part of their business strategy. Signing up youngster and developing them into world-class talent is a profitable enterprise for clubs like BVB, who have notably performed the trick with Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho in recent seasons.

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Dortmund remain the premier club for cultivating such talent and it is notable that they posses the most valuable teenager in the world game, according to FootballTransfers’ algorithm, which uses hundreds of in-game data points to analyse the performance of thousands of players the world over.

Jude Bellingham comes out on top in this regard, with the young England international valued at an estimated €75 million. Little wonder he is attracting interest from clubs the world over.

Indeed, the Bundesliga outfit have two players in this elite list, with Giovanni Reyna also making the grade.

Football’s most valuable teenagers

ClubValue (€m)
Jude BellinghamBorussia Dortmund75
Florian WirtzBayer Leverkusen61
PedriBarcelona59.5
Jamal MusialaBayern Munich51.8
Yeremy PinoVillarreal49.9
Eduardo CamavingaReal Madrid48.8
GaviBarcelona38.9
Nuno MendesPSG37
Giovanni ReynaDortmund32.3
Ansu FatiBarcelona28.1

It is Barcelona, though, who dominate the list in terms of volume of talent, possessing three players in the top 10. Pedri comes in third at €59.5m, just behind Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz, while Gavi is the only 17-year-old in this elite group. Meanwhile, Ansu Fati scrapes in at 10th but would surely be higher had he not been beset by injuries over the last 18 months,

Spanish football dominates this group, with Villarreal’s Yeremy Pino and Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga also involved.

Completing the top 10 players are Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich and Nuno Mendes, who recently moved to PSG from Sporting CP.