Europe’s next child prodigies will appear after Gavi’s star performance for Spain
In the Spanish Nations League semi-final against Italy, 17-year-old midfielder Gavi saw the emergence of the latest star to come through Barcelona’s academy.
Against the likes of Marco Verratti and Jorginho, Gavi showed no signs of being overwhelmed by the opportunity, producing a confident debut to set up a final clash against Belgium or France.
Spain’s future looks bright as Gavi now joins his club teammates Ansu Fati and Pedri on the international stage.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at some of the next prodigies in European football who will join Gavi to become the stars of the future.
Barcelona starlet Gavi gave a composed performance on his international debut against Spain
Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
After finding the net four times and providing five assists this season, only Karim Benzema and Erling Haaland have contributed to more goals in the top five of European competitions so far this season than Bayer Leverkusen’s 18-year-old prodigy.
Described by German boss Hansi Flick as the ‘complete package’, Wirtz is on track for an incredible season after also making his international debut last month.
Unsurprisingly, he’s been dubbed the ‘new Kai Havertz’ after the former Leverkusen star, and some of Europe’s biggest clubs are already lining up for the attacking midfielder.
He is the greatest talent of German football to come through and as long as he stays fit and healthy he certainly has a great future ahead of him.
Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz made his debut last year and has had a great season so far
Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
After impressing at Rennes, the 18-year-old sealed a £34million summer move to Real Madrid after being linked to a host of other top European clubs, including Manchester United.
The gifted teenager is a complete midfielder who operates in a deep part of the field but can contribute in the future.
It will be some time before he makes a full breakthrough in the Real Madrid roster, having started three of their nine games in LaLiga and the Champions League so far this season.
But manager Carlo Ancelotti has said he is “surprised” by the impact the youngster has already made, and he has some of the world’s best midfielders to learn from over the past decade: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.
Eduardo Camavinga scored on his Real Madrid debut in their LaLiga clash with Celta Vigo
Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven)
England have a wide range of talented attacking wide players in their roster, but Madueke is a name that has largely played out of the spotlight in the Eredivisie.
The 19-year-old winger made a breakthrough in the Netherlands last season with nine goals and eight assists.
He has started the season in the same way and shone as he scored twice in August in a 4-0 win over rivals Ajax in the Johan Cruijff Schild final.
Madueke made his England under-21 debut in March and started to get a buzz with clubs like Real Madrid, PSG, Liverpool and Tottenham all set to keep an eye on his progress.
Noni Madueke stepped out of his comfort zone to go to PSV Eindhoven where he made an impression
Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)
The 19-year-old Dutchman is the latest star to make it through Ajax’s prestigious youth academy after he turned down the advances of Paris Saint-Germain as a 15-year-old.
Gravenberch has been a fixture in the squad since last season and his performances have led to him being the ‘next Paul Pogba’.
The Pogba comparison is understandable, with both six-foot-tall central midfielders appearing to be the driving force for their team, always looking for the forward pass or a run to launch attacks.
Both also share an agent in Mino Raiola, who could be busy over Gravenberch in the future, with some of Europe’s top clubs tracking his progress on a future move.
Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch has been given some comparisons to fellow midfielder Paul Pogba
Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund have a number of talented youngsters, including Jude Bellingham, who at the age of 18 has become a star midfielder who starts every game for the Bundesliga and has been called up by England a number of times over the past year.
Another of their young stars is Moukoko, who made his Dortmund debut last November, a day after he turned 16.
He scored a staggering 141 goals in 88 youth team matches and has since scored three goals in 19 high-level matches – becoming the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history.
Moukoko already has a £9 million deal with Nike and is destined to become a future Ballon d’Or winner.
His obvious talent has also caught the eye of Lionel Messi, who sent a personalized photo to the Dortmund training ground for Moukoko at the age of 15.
German Youssoufa Moukoko continues to break records since his senior introduction
Karim Adeyemi (Red Bull Salzburg)
Red Bull Salzburg has had a number of talented strikers in recent seasons, most notably Erling Haaland. With 11 goals in 14 appearances, they seem to have another star in 19-year-old Adeyemi.
While the Austrian league isn’t the toughest of divisions, it’s generating serious buzz after scoring three Champions League goals and it’s no wonder Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund would be interested.
There have been clear comparisons to Haaland following their connection to Salzburg, but he has also been labeled the ‘next Arjen Robben’, a player Adeyemi described as his ‘idol’ growing up.
The attacker recently scored on his debut for Germany and is heavily expected to follow Haaland and Patson Daka out the door to a top club in Europe if he continues down the road.
Karim Adeyemi picks up where Erling Haaland left off at RB Salzburg with his goals
Yusuf Demir (rented from Barcelona)
The 18-year-old Austrian recently made history by becoming the youngest foreign player to play for Barcelona since Lionel Messi.
Demir is on loan to Barcelona, which has an option to buy him from Rapid Vienna at the end of the season. Confidence has been shown in the youngster who was initially signed with the intention of being part of Barcelona’s B-team.
Despite this, he impressed Ronald Koeman, playing five games for the senior club this season, starting twice.
Demir, who has been dubbed the ‘Austrian Messi’ at home, will have the chance to shine at the Nou Camp to see how players like Pedri, Fati and Gavi have been given playing time. Demir is likely to be the next young star to break through at Barcelona.
Yusuf Demir (right) has played a number of games for Barcelona, including against Bayern