Lionel Messi Misses Barcelona Training Ahead of Real Betis Clash on Sunday

Lionel Messi was absent from Barcelona training on Saturday, with his spot in the squad now in doubt ahead of its ?announcement.

The Argentina international has been recovering from a calf problem picked up after returning from his summer exploits at the Copa America.

He was absent from Barca’s La Liga opener at Athletic Club, which they lost after Luis Suarez went off injured, Aritz Aduriz scoring a sensation overhead kick late on.

Lionel Messi

As reported by ?Goal, Messi was absent from training on Saturday, having participated in some sessions during the week, with head coach Ernesto Valverde reiterating that he won’t take any risks with his talisman if he isn’t fit.

He said: “We won’t take any risk with Messi. We must wait to see him in the training session to check if he is ready.”

Messi likely wouldn’t have started even if he was fit, but the pressure is again on Antoine Griezmann ahead of Sunday’s clash with Betis.

The Frenchman looked out of sorts against Athletic, struggling to assert himself in the game following Suarez’s exit, who may also be absent from Sunday’s clash. Ousmane Dembele is another high profile absentee, having suffered a hamstring problem.

Lionel Messi,Ernesto Valverde

Speaking on Griezmann’s start to life at Camp Nou, Valverde added via ?Marca: “With each passing day, [Griezmann] is integrating better. If he enters the play and participates, he can be decisive.

“At San Mames, he didn’t do it as much as we would’ve liked. We need players who arrive well [in the box]. With the absences we have up front, it is an option that we must take advantage of.”

?Barcelona are already playing catch up in their defence of the La Liga title, with both ?Real Madrid and ?Atletico Madrid winning their opening games. Betis themselves suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat to Real Valladolid on the opening weekend.


7 Wonder Goals That Were Somehow Left Out of FIFA’s Puskás Shortlist

?The Puskás Award. 

Rarely has something so insignificant to the world of football caused so much divide for fans, often seeing bang average (at best) strikes from the world’s biggest stars getting the nod ahead of generational goals from lesser-known leagues on the planet.

Was Matheus Cunha’s apparent ‘solo’ effort – he dribbled past one defender, and the defender was only Leverkusen’s Wendell – really among the top 10 goals scored last season?

Was the fact that someone, who has a black belt in Taekwondo, scores a goal using a Taekwondo move, all that impressive?

Sorry, Zlatan.

We felt like there were more than a few glaring omissions from this year’s shortlist, and the chances are that you did too. So with YouTube inevitably open on the next tab, let’s run through seven goals which really should have been in contention for the Puskás Award.

7. Lionel Messi vs Liverpool

Lionel Messi,Joe Gomez,Joel Matip,Fabinho,Roberto Firmino

FIFA, if you’re that desperate to put Lionel Messi in the shortlist, can you at least put his best goal of the 2018/19 season in?

You know, the one which was UEFA’s Goal of the Season.

Now look, that chip against Real Betis was good. I’d even go as far to say that it was really good.

But can something really be nominated for the Puskás Award if we’ve seen Shinji Kagawa score that exact same chip…twice? 

6. Vincent Kompany vs Leicester City


If the Ballon d’Or is going to completely overlook how good a player actually is and instead award it to someone for finishing as the runner up at a World Cup, then why can’t we do the same with the Puskás Award?

That’s not taking anything away from Vincent Kompany’s long-range effort against Leicester City either, as that could have easily been voted as the Goal of the Season in the Premier League.

But when your captain who is a 33-year-old centre-back scores from what felt like 1,000 yards out with a goal that wins you the Premier League title, that surely has to mean something, doesn’t it?

5. Fernando Forestieri vs Norwich City

Fernando Forestieri

If you though Kompany’s was worth a place on the shortlist, then you’ll probably agree that Fernando Forestieri’s goal against Norwich City last season should too.

From further out, with more power and into the opposite corner of the goal, Forestieri made it look so easy as he picked out the postage stamp at Carrow Road, offering just a small glimpse of what he’s really capable of.

Let’s just cut to the chase, Forestieri’s strike was quite comfortably better than six of the efforts that FIFA selected for their Puskás Award shortlist.

4. Mason Bennett vs Wigan Athletic

Let’s not dwell on it. 

Picture Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick, throw in a little bit of a swivel and actually meaning to do what you end up doing.

That was Mason Bennett against Wigan Athletic.

3. Gylfi Sigurdsson vs Leicester City

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Straight to the point again.

Almost exactly the same goal as Forestieri’s against Norwich City, except for two reasons.

1) It’s the Premier League, not the Championship.

2) Gylfi Sigurdsson did a Cruyff Turn. And everything is better with a Cruyff Turn.

2. John McGinn vs Sheffield Wednesday

John McGinn,Tammy Abraham

It’s a well-known fact that goals which fly in off the woodwork are automatically better, so go back, re-watch FIFA’s shortlist, and you try to explain why Andros Townsend features in the top 10 but Aston Villa’s John McGinn doesn’t.

McGinn had to shuffle backwards before, from a standing position, volleying the ball from 25 yards onto the underside of the crossbar and over the line. 

It was also his first goal for the club.

1. Eric Bicfalvi vs Dynamo Moscow

Ural Yekaterinburg’s Eric Bicfalvi shouldn’t have been nominated for the Puskás Award.

He should have won it.

In a game against Dynamo Moscow at the start of last season, Bicfalvi found himself facing away from goal, backing into a defender, waiting to get on the end of a looping cross towards the back post.

With the high ball eventually dropping out of orbit, Bicfalvi produced one of the greatest first touches ever to not only control the ball but flick it past his marker, leaving Dinamiki’s unfortunate right-back Aleksei Kozlov in a daze before firing the ball inside the post.

Bicfalvi’s strike shouldn’t have even been in a contest for the 2019 Puskás Award, but instead analysed alongside Dennis Bergkamp’s against Argentina, Roberto Carlos’ free-kick against France and Diego Maradona’s solo effort against England as one of the best goals of all time.


Neymar Latest: Real Madrid Plan Unveiling & Barça ‘Confident’ But Facing Player Backlash

Real Madrid have already started to plan their unveiling of Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar, while Barcelona are growing ‘confident’ that they will be able to re-sign the Brazil international ahead of their La Liga rivals.

Neymar’s transfer saga has lasted for the entirety of the summer transfer window and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up any time soon either, with the latest batch of stories coming out of Spain failing to shed any real light on the 27-year-old’s future beyond 2nd September.

Starting with developments for Barcelona, it’s Madrid-based Marca (via SportsMole) who report that players at Camp Nou are putting pressure on club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to increase his offer to re-sign Neymar this summer.


The Brazil international’s camp have told players at Barcelona that the club’s highest offer to date stands at just €140m, significantly less than Paris Saint-Germain’s asking price.

Sport (via, however, claim that Barça are still ‘confident’ that they will be able to complete a deal before the European transfer window closes on 2nd September.

The same outlet has also provided an update for Real Madrid’s pursuit of Neymar.

In an unintentional yet unquestionably comedic way, Sport also claims that Los Blancos are currently planning to unveil Neymar at the Santiago Bernabéu next week, even though they’ve reported about Barcelona’s apparent confidence too.

They added that Real Madrid’s recruitment guru for South America, Juni Calafat, was in the French capital on Friday to hold talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the deal.

It’s widely understood that Real Madrid are in the best position to offer a player(s) plus cash deal for Neymar this summer, something which would also suit the decision-makers at the Parc des Princes.

James RodriguezGareth Bale and Keylor Navas have all been mentioned as possible makeweights, while 90min understands that Karim Benzema has also been discussed by Real Madrid this summer.


But it’s now claimed that the latest name on the list is that of Luka Jovi?, who only joined the club from Eintracht Frankfurt in a £54m deal earlier in the window.

The Express quotes Spanish football expert Guillem Balague saying that Real Madrid’s next offer could include any combination of Jovi?, Navas and Rodriguez.

There’s still very little concrete evidence to suggest where Neymar will end up next month, and the only thing that these constant ‘updates’ from the Spanish media are creating is significantly more confusion surround the entire deal.


The Footballers With the Best Conversion Rate Since the 2012/13 Season

It’s hard to put into words just how important having a good striker is. A prolific marksman can be the difference between success and failure, and we have seen so many top teams fail because they were missing an elite striker.

?The best forwards are those who can score plenty of goals from minimal opportunities – those who can fire their team to glory with just one chance.

Now, ?Opta have compiled a list of the most reliable strikers from Europe’s top five leagues since the 2012/13 season, ranking their goalscoring pedigree in both league and European competition (but ignoring penalties), and new Monaco signing Wissam Ben Yedder sits atop the standings.


During his time with both Toulouse and Sevilla, Ben Yedder racked up an impressive 106 goals from just 538 shots in that time period, so 19.7% of his efforts managed to find the back of the net.

That ratio sees him finish ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s ?Edinson Cavani, whose record of 169 goals from 884 shots earns him a conversion rate of 19.1%. ?Arsenal’s ?Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managed to finish on the same percentage, having scored 165 of his 866 shots.

?Inter’s ?Mauro Icardi came in fourth, having scored 109 goals from just 577 shots to finish with a rate of 18.9%. Players of that pedigree don’t hit the market too often, so it’s easy to see why so many sides are pursuing the Argentine this summer.

Mauro Icardi

Next up is ?Diego Costa of ?Atletico Madrid, who scored goals at a rate of 18.7%. The Spaniard finished level with ?Lionel Messi, who actually netted the most goals out of anyone on the list. His 275 goals is well ahead of the rest, but the fact it took him 1473 shots means he falls to sixth on the list.

?Alexandre Lacazette (18.6%), ?Karim Benzema (18.3%), ?Luis Suarez (18.1%) and Robert Lewandowski (17.2%) round out the top ten, meaning there is no place for ?Juventus star ?Cristiano Ronaldo.


The Portuguese international actually finished 20th on the list. Ronaldo racked up 1880 shots – far more than anyone else – but his return of 254 goals means he finished with a conversion rate of 13.5%.


FIFA 20 Career Mode Transfer Budgets for All Top European Leagues Revealed

The budgets for every club in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and more on the upcoming FIFA 20 Career Mode have been revealed.

Courtesy of Twitter user FifaCMTips, the eagerly anticipated transfer window budgets for all the top sides across Europe and beyond have been revealed. FifaCMTips, who unveiled the news on Twitter, started with the Premier League, where it is Manchester United who best the rest with a whopping £167,488,480 at their disposal.

Closely behind them are crosstown rivals, and domestic treble-winners, Manchester City, who boast an admirable £167,020,320 in their accounts.

There is then a dramatic dip, with Champions League winners Liverpool boasting a modest £97m, followed by Europa League winners (and famed transfer absconders) Chelsea on £86m. 

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are behind them on £72m and £69m respectively, while new boys Sheffield United bring up the rear with an oh-so modest sum of £17m, £3m less than the club-record fee they paid for Oli McBurnie IRL.

Over in Serie A, it is unsurprisingly the all-conquering Juventus who sit smugly atop the Italian financial field, with a treasury of £103m, with their Derby d’Italia rivals Inter the closest competition on £48m. Napoli sit behind them on £44m, with Roma right on their rear with £37m and the Nerazzurri’s Milanese rivals AC forced to contend with just £35m.

Over in Germany, it is, yes, Bayern Munich who lead the way, with their coffers capping out at £124m. Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, can boast a decent £65m.

In Espana, El Careerico is narrowly won by Real Madrid, who have £169,610,000 to Barcelona’s £169,074,000, which makes all the difference. As for plucky Atletico Madrid, they will have to make do with just £61m.

In Ligue 1, well, need I say anything except Paris Saint-Germain? Okay, fine. £165,960,000. For the rest, you’ll have to go here. It’s a sorry sight. Oh, and if you’re hankering for the Colombian Liga Dimayor, or the Irish SSE Airtricity League, they have that too…except for fans of Derry City (you guys deserve some special treatment), your club’s transfer budget is £631,000.


Barcelona: The XI That Should Start Against Real Betis

?Barcelona kicked off the La Liga season against Athletic Bilbao in the worst possible fashion. A late wonder goal from veteran Aritz Aduriz shocked the reigning champions as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat. 

Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona looked a shadow of the side they should be, and struggled to create anything in the final third throughout the game.

Antoine Griezmann

They now return to the Nou Camp this weekend to take on Real Betis – but this time Messi should be available for selection. However, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele both miss the game after suffering knocks against Bilbao.

Barca will be desperate to get three points on the board and not give Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid head starts in the title race. Here’s how they should line up against Betis.

Goalkeeper & Defenders

Gerard Pique

?Marc-Andre ter Stegen – No doubts about this one. Ter Stegen has well and truly established himself as the world’s best goalkeeper, and is always certain to start.

Nelson Semedo (RB) – The right back has seemingly made the position his own after pipping Sergi Roberto to the spot last week. Semedo may have given Aduriz too much space for the goal, but he doesn’t deserve to be dropped for that and will continue his run at right back.

Gerard Pique (CB) – Like Ter Stegen, there is no doubt about ?Pique’s place in the team. Similarly to Semedo, he maybe gave Aduriz too much space for the goal. Aside from that, he has been a world class defender for many years and will definitely start this weekend.

Clement Lenglet (CB) – Lenglet came into the team Samuel Umtiti suffered a serious injury, and he’s kept his place ever since. A calm customer who has become a popular figure among Barca fans, he is most certainly going to start again this weekend. 

Jordi Alba (LB) – Alba faces competition for his place from Junior Firpo this season, but right now, he remains a key cog in the Barcelona machine. A lot of the time without Messi, he is the team’s most potent attacking threat, and he isn’t too bad defensively either. 


Frenkie De Jong

Sergio Busquets (CM) – Busquets surprisingly didn’t play a minute against Bilbao, signalling the fact that Ernesto Valverde is looking to rotate the midfielder, and use him sparingly as he gets older. The arrival of De Jong also gives the Spaniard the opportunity to be rested throughout the season. However, after Barca’s shock opening day defeat, Busquets should be restored to the side to inject some much needed class in the midfield.

Frenkie de Jong (CM) – The classy new signing wasn’t able to make a huge mark against Bilbao, but showed some moments of class that suggests he will be one of the world’s best midfielders. Nothing much more to say besides the fact that he is a guaranteed starter.

Arthur (CM) – It is pretty clear now that Arthur is one of the main men in this Barca set up, seemingly taking the place of Ivan Rakitic. He started last season fantastically, but fell away towards the end of the campaign. However, now trusted as one of Valverde’s key midfielders, consistency is the key for Arthur, and he will be allowed to showcase his talent once again.


Lionel Messi

Antoine Griezmann (RW) – Griezmann played against Bilbao from the left-wing –  a position he isn’t too familiar with. This was reflected in his performance, as he simply just failed to get going. However, the big money signing will most certainly start this weekend, and probably from an area of the pitch he enjoys more.

Lionel Messi (CF) – Despite just returning to full training, it seems that the main man is set to come straight back into the team. This probably wouldn’t happen if Suarez was fit, but due to a lack of options, it is likely that they will put ?Messi into the XI. 

Carles Perez (LW) – An outstanding opportunity presents itself now for the 21-year-old with Suarez and Dembele sustaining unfortunate injuries. Perez will be looking to take his chance now and let the manager know that he deserves a fair share of first team football. 


Barcelona vs Real Betis Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Barcelona will be looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat in La Liga, as they host Real Betis on Sunday night.

Barcelona began their title defence in the worst way possible, as they lost 1-0 to Athletic Club last Friday. After a dogged performance, the Blaugrana conceded an 89th minute winner, as an Aritz Aduriz stunner sent them back to Catalonia pointless.

Real Betis also opened their campaign with a late defeat, with Real Valladolid securing a 2-1 win last Sunday. Oscar Plano’s 89th minute strike gave the visitors all three points, as Betis look to recover from their home defeat at the home of the reigning champions.

?Here’s our preview of Sunday’s ?La Liga clash.

Where to Watch


When Is Kick Off? Sunday 25 August
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Camp Nou
TV Channel/Live Stream? ITV4 – beIN Sports – fuboTV
Referee? Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez

Where to Buy Tickets


Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams’ official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.

Team News

?Barcelona are set to be blessed with the return of star man ?Lionel Messi, who is ?in contention to play on Sunday. The Argentine missed the start of the season with a calf injury, but could feature this weekend after returning to training on Wednesday for the first time in weeks.


While Messi’s return is hugely positive for Barca, Ernesto Valverde still has other injury concerns. ?Luis Suarez is out with a calf injury he picked up in the season opener, ?Ousmane Dembele is sidelined for five weeks with a hamstring injury and Neto is out with a hand injury.

Real Betis travel to Catalonia with one key absentee, with new signing Borja Iglesias missing out with a sprained ankle. Betis are also without goalkeeper Joel Robles, who is serving a one-match suspension after being sent off eight minutes into their league opener last week.

Predicted Lineups


Barcelona Ter Stegen; Alba, Pique, Umtiti, Semedo; Busquets, De Jong, Rakitic; Griezmann, Messi, Rafinha
Real Betis Martin; Alfonso, Mandi, Bartra, Emerson; Carvalho, Garcia; Tello, Fekir, Joaquin; Moron

Head to Head Record

?Barcelona and Real Betis have met 46 times, with the Blaugrana winning over half of the meetings – with 28 wins to their name. Meanwhile the Verdiblancos have managed just nine wins, as they hope to make it double digits at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Last season’s meetings proved to be thrillers, with 12 goals over two games. After Betis won 4-3 at the Camp Nou, Barcelona got their revenge in a 4-1 win four months later, thanks to a Messi hat-trick. This included a sensational chip to complete his treble, which was recently nominated for the 2019 Puskas Award.

Barca have scored at least four goals in six of their last 12 meetings with Betis, losing just one of their last 16 encounters. Last November’s dramatic 4-3 win was the first time Betis managed to score four goals at the Camp Nou, and their first league win there since May 1998.

Recent Form


Both sides will be vying for victory more than ever, after both losing their opening day fixture. Barcelona need to instantly recover if they want to retain their La Liga title, with their ?1-0 defeat at Athletic Club seeing the Blaugrana lose for the first time in five games.

Just one place above Sunday’s opponents, Real Betis fell to their second consecutive defeat after losing 2-1 to Real Valladolid. The Verdiblancos have a huge task ahead as they aim to come away with a win from the Camp Nou, but it is not impossible as proven last season.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures.

Barcelona Real Betis
Athletic Club 1-0 Barcelona (16/08) Real Betis 1-2 Real Valladolid (18/08)
Napoli 0-4 Barcelona (10/08) Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Real Betis (10/08)
Barcelona 2-1 Napoli (08/08) Real Betis 1-0 Las Palmas (07/08)
Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal (04/08) Raja Casablanca 0-1 Real Betis (04/08)
Vissel Kobe 0-2 Barcelona (27/07) Puebla 2-0 Real Betis (28/07)


Arturo Vidal, Carvalho

?While both sides are in the same situation, the pressure is undoubtedly mounted on Barcelona. An underwhelming performance like the one in Bilbao cannot be repeated, and against an equally motivated Betis side they cannot falter in their first home game of the season.

Barca’s performance last week gives little confidence going into Sunday, but the return of Messi will certainly be a crucial factor. Barcelona should return to winning ways and secure a much needed three points, as they continue their defence of the coveted La Liga crown.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis


Real Madrid Send Club Official to Paris for Neymar Talks to Rival Barcelona Bid

?Real Madrid have suddenly emerged as major suitors for unsettled Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar, with reports from Spain claiming that an emissary from the club has travelled to the French capital in order to lay the groundwork for a possible transfer.

Real have long had a fascination with Neymar and have tried to sign him many times over the years, starting when he was first invited to visit Madrid at the age of just 13 in 2006.


Barcelona eventually won the battle to bring the player to Europe from his native Brazil in 2013. The Catalans then lost him to PSG for a world record €222m two years ago, but have been locked in negotiations over a deal to take him back to Camp Nou for several weeks.

90min understands that Real could offer striker Karim Benzema as part of their attempt to sign Neymar. The 31-year-old Frenchman, who hasn’t played club football in his homeland since joining Real from Lyon in 2009, had one of his best individual seasons in 2018/19.

Primary PSG striker Edinson Cavani, now 32 years of age, has been linked with a move to the United States to join David Beckham’s new Inter Miami team, due to join MLS in 2020. Benzema could therefore be a welcome replacement as PSG look to move on from the Uruguayan.

Karim Benzema

It had been thought that Real had at last shelved any remaining interest in Neymar, instead favouring a move for his younger PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe next year. But that may not necessarily be the case as Marca alleges Los Blancos have sent someone to Paris.

The identity of the figure is not revealed, but they are said to be someone who holds a meaningful position at the Bernabeu. No fee is mentioned, but Marca claims that Real are optimistic in the early stages, without having yet discussed exact details and numbers with PSG.

Apparently the 13-time European champions believe PSG will do business with them because contact via telephone so far has been positive.

There is also the opportunity to capitalise on Barcelona’s struggles to reach a satisfactory agreement of their own. Earlier this week it was reported that Barcelona and PSG had rejected each other’s proposals – that included PSG asking for Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo plus €100m. The reigning Spanish champions do not wish to see Dembele leave the club.

Ousmane Dembele

The latest gossip suggests Barcelona are considering a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy. This is after a one-year loan with a non-binding €150m purchase option was rebuffed.

Juventus have also been linked with Neymar, meaning this one could drag on and on until the European transfer deadline strikes on 2 September. The Italian deadline has been put back in line with the rest of the continent after originally being thought to be 23 August.


Ousmane Dembele Set for Barcelona Fine After Failing to Disclose Hamstring Injury

?Ousmane Dembele looks set to be fined by Barcelona if it is confirmed that the Frenchman failed to disclose an injury he picked up in favour of spending time with his family.

It’s alleged that the winger hid an injury he sustained to medical staff last weekend, thus avoiding tests the following day, which allowed him a couple of days off to travel back to France.

Should it be confirmed that he deliberately failed to disclose information of an injury, then ?Sport have revealed the 22-year-old will have conducted a ‘very serious’ act, which could result in a fine and potential suspension.

The Liga de Fútbol Profesional and AFE said of the incident: “Disobedience involves a serious breach of discipline or that causes serious harm to the club or organisation, including the breaking of a sanction.”

It will be deemed ‘disobedience‘ if it is ruled he did as has been suggested – travelling abroad while aware he was injured – with the forward currently ?facing up to five weeks out with said injury.

As for the consequences, firstly ?Dembele could suspended – without pay – from anywhere between 11 and 30 days. If the minimum suspension of 11 days is carried out, it would accumulate to around 360,000. However, if the suspension reaches its maximum of around a month, it would result in a 1m fine.

Ousmane Dembele

Regardless of whether the ?La Liga star is suspended as punishment or not, he could still be in line for a fine amounting to €215,000, while if his actions are considered a more serious offence, it can rise to 25% of his monthly salary.

Dembele’s time at ?Barça was been riddled with injuries, limiting the former ?Borussia Dortmund player to 66 appearances in all competitions since joining in a deal potentially worth €145m in the summer of 2017.


The 10 Highest Paid Teenagers in World Football

A new report has emerged revealing the top ten highest paid teenagers in world football, with five entries from the Premier League featuring alongside four from La Liga.

In case you missed it, Jadon Sancho rose to the top of the list after ?agreeing a new £190k-per-week deal with Borussia Dortmund? that will see him more than double his earnings, as the Bundesliga club successfully fended off interest from European sides.

With just under £10m set to be heading Sancho’s way each year in Germany, the ?Mail listed all the current footballing prodigies aged 19 and under who are earning big-money to ply their trade, which makes for rather interesting reading.

10. Takefusa Kubo – Real Madrid (£17k-per-week)


The Japanese sensation was was asked to join ?Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth academy back in 2011 and scored a frightening 74 goals in just 30 games during his debut season in Catalonia.

He was ineligible to join the latter stages of the youth academy after La Blaugrana had been found to have violated FIFA’s international transfer policy, therefore the youngster returned to his native Japan. Talent doesn’t stay hidden for long though, and in June this year Kubo signed with ?Real Madrid on a five-year deal worth £17k-per-week, placing the 18-year-old among the highest earning teenagers in world football.

9. Callum Hudson-Odoi – Chelsea (£22k-per-week)

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Its been widely documented that ?Bayern Munich were keen on signing the highly-rated ?Chelsea forward, which has prompted widespread talk of a bumper new deal for Hudson-Odoi.

Should that materialise as expected, then the 18-year-old will be seeing his name feature much higher up this list in the not too distant future, as ??rumours circulate of a staggering £200k-per-week deal at Stamford Bridge.

If that comes to fruition, then it will absolutely dwarf his current earnings of £22k-per-week which, even now, are pretty decent figures given the relative inexperience of the emerging talent.

=7. Reiss Nelson – Arsenal (£30k-per-week)


Set to embark on a breakthrough season in north London, Reiss Nelson has entered the first-team fold under Unai Emery having spent last season on loan with Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.

Ahead of his season-long move to the German club, Nelson put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with ?Arsenal that saw him receive earnings of £30k-per-week.

Now just 19 years old, the winger will be looking to impress for the Gunners in the upcoming season as he battles it out with club-record signing Nicolas Pepe for a starting berth.

=7. Phil Foden – Man City (£30k-per-week)

Phil Foden

Another player who looks set to feature more regularly for his side this season is ?Manchester City’s Phil Foden. The local lad has risen through the ranks with the Citizens to break into the first-team fold, with Pep Guardiola recently handing the 19-year-old more frequent action in his star-studded side.

Having emerged as one of England’s finest young talents, City acted quickly to tie Foden down to a new deal last December that saw him scoop earnings of £30k-per-week.

His stock looks set to continue rising after Guardiola recently said of the midfielder to the ?BBC: “I have said many times in press conferences, but maybe not said it in front of him, Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager.”

6. Moise Kean – Everton (53k-per-week)

Moise Kean

The ?Toffees spent big to lure the rising star of Italian football to Goodison Park this summer. Well, they deemed him a rising star, unlike ?Juventus, who felt they got a great deal by shipping out the 19-year-old to Merseyside for a deal that could rise to £37m.

In joining Everton the striker has become one of the world’s top earning teenagers, raking in somewhere around £53k-per-week.

He’s yet to get off the mark for Marco Silva’s side yet but they’ll be hoping for a decent return on a player who could end up becoming their record signing only behind Gylfi Sigurdsson.

5. Joao Felix – Atletico Madrid (£58k-per-week)

Joao Felix

One of the most sought after players in Europe this summer, the young Portuguese playmaker has been equally effective as a striker, which is why ?Atletico forked out a colossal £115m to bring the player to ?La Liga from Benfica.

A staggering fee no doubt, it was nevertheless expected for a player who notched no less than 15 goals and registered seven assists in the Primeira Liga last year, at only 19 years old.

Since earning his move to one of Europe’s finest, Felix is on a cool £58k-per-week, placing him in the top five earners of his age bracket.

4. Ryan Sessegnon – Tottenham (£70k-per-week)

?Spurs have been famously unwilling to pay their stars over the odds when it comes to weekly payments, with a strict wage structure having been instilled at the club for a number of years.

Their pursuit of Ryan Sessegnon had been rumbling on for some time, however, and there was no holding back in offering the 19-year-old a healthy salary of £70k-per-week to lure him to north London from Fulham this summer.

He tasted ?Premier League football for the first time last season with the Cottagers, but was unable to prevent them slipping back down into the second tier at the first time. Now he prepares for another crack at the top-flight.

3. Rodrygo – Real Madrid (£76k-per-week)


All the way up in third on the list is 18-year-old Brazilian sensation Rodrygo, who made the seamless transition from Santos to Spain for around £40m in June this year.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Santos resident ?Neymar, Rodrygo instead went the way of Madrid where he now earns £76k-per-week having put pen to paper on a six-year contract.

The forward has some way to go before usurping Karim Benzema, and indeed Luka Jovic, from the striker role but has plenty of years ahead of him to justify Los Blancos’ faith.

=1. Vinicius Jr. – Real Madrid (190k-per-week)

Vinicius JR

A certain Englishman may be top of the pile, but he’s joined by a fellow forward who is already beginning to show glimpses of his unquestionable talent in the Spanish capital.

If faith was shown in Rodrygo, then there must have been absolute certainty among the Madrid board when they made Vinicius the highest paid teenager in world football, handing the winger £190k-per-week wages.

That has naturally placed a lot of pressure on the former Flamengo forward’s shoulders, but he has already demonstrated on occasion his raw ability, with four goals in his debut season.

=1. Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund (190k-per-week)

Jadon Sancho

Not to be undone by their Spanish counterparts, ?Dortmund too have sought pay exceptional money to one of their teenagers. Although, of the entire list, this is most certainly the most justified – even if it is the joint highest.

His previous contract, which ran to 2022, was believed to be worth around £75k-per-week, so a jump up to £190k-per-week isn’t something to be scoffed at. 

However, with 12 goals and 14 assists in 34 Bundesliga outings last season, and magic in his boots, that’s the price you pay to keep hold of exceptional talent.