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Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Who will be the tournament's best young player?

Thursday 14th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest stage of them all. Sucess doesn’t come on a silver platter. Being a quadrennial event, players only get the chance to feature once when they're regarded as toddlers.

Certain youngsters have used this avenue to shoot their careers into the limelight. The easiest, yet gruelling method is winning the tournament’s Best Young Player award. Lukas Podolski, Thomas Muller and Paul Pogba are the most recent recipients. All have gone on to stardom.

For a starlet to qualify for this recognition, he must be born on or after 1 January 1997. Who is primed to carry the torch in Russia? Here we rank the 10 top potential winners.

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Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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