Has the Desire for European Glory Made Domestic Football Irrelevant?

The desire for European glory is now apparent in all clubs. This season we have seen the likes of Ajax trying to fulfil their purpose by regaining the prestigious trophy that was once theirs. The 2018/19 Champions League has provided…

Diego Lainez – The “Mexican Messi” of Real Betis

On 10 January 2019, 18-year-old Diego Lainez joined La Liga club Real Betis from Liga MX side América on a five-year contract reportedly worth $14 million. It was a dream come true for the teenager, who always wanted to play…

Martin Ødegaard: What Happened to Real Madrid’s Prodigy?

Remember Martin Ødegaaed, the Norwegian wonderkid was supposed to be the future, wasn’t he? Signed for big money at a young age, the Norwegian was being touted as the next great European midfielder, but it hasn’t worked out that way…

Freddy Adu: What Happened to the Next Pele?

At 14, Freddy Adu put pen to paper on a sponsorship deal with Nike worth more than $700,000, after he became the youngest athlete ever to sign a professional contract in the United States, when he was selected by the…

Cohen Bramall: A Journey From Non-League to Arsenal

In an era of top-notch academies and huge international scouting networks, many players still rise from semi-pro football leagues to the top of domestic game. In a time when the financial gap between the Premier League and the rest is…

Gael Kakuta – Chelsea’s Prodigy Who Lost His Way

In 2007, Guy Hillion, one of the most respected scouts in France described a 16-year-old Gael Kakuta as the “most gifted player of his generation”. It seemed like his outrageous ability and a talent surely destined for greatness and was…

Roman Pavlyuchenko – Tottenham’s Russian Cult Hero

During the Euro 2008, a resurgent Russian team under Guus Hiddink had an amazing run as they went on to reach the semi-finals. They defeated Greece, Sweden and Netherlands before losing out to the eventual champions Spain. Several players of…

Hachim Mastour – Rise and Fall of AC Milan’s Former Wonderkid

YouTube can be both a blessing and a curse for the modern footballer. In the case of Hachim Mastour, the latter has proven to be the case. That’s for later, though. This story does not start on the world’s biggest…

Ravel Morrison – Man United’s Biggest Disappointment?

From an early age, Ravel Morrison was scouted by Manchester United and he signed with his boyhood club in 2009. The 15 year-old quickly impressed everyone within the club and especially Red Devils legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The attacking…

Italy’s top 5 wonderkids that will lead the Azzurri back to number one

Italy has had some underwhelming displays on the international level with the generation of the past decade not living up to the Azzurri’s standard. The squads during past World Cups they were a part of (and not a part of)…