The Top 101 Wonderkids in World Football (Don Balon list 2011)

Don Balon is a Spanish football magazine with a good line in fate-tempting articles predicting the next generation of world superstars.


This year’s list, featuring players born on or after 01/01/1989, is below, along with a lineup from 2001 for an idea of how impressively accurate the prescient Spaniards have been in the past.

Dominic Adiyiah (Reggina)
Toby Alderweireld (Ajax)
Hamdan Al Kamali (Al Wahda)
Jano Ananidze (Spartak Moscow)
Andre Ayew (Marseille)
Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina)
Holger Badstuber (Bayern)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)
Ben Sahar (Hapoel Tel Aviv)
Bojan (FC Barcelone)
Bo-Kyung Kim (Oita Trinita)
Ryad Boudebouz (Sochaux)
Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City)
Breno (Bayern)
Sergio Canales (Real Madrid)
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez (Standard)
Luc Castaignos (Feyenoord)
Diego Contento (Bayern)
Phillippe Coutinho (Internazionale)
>David De Gea (Atlético de Madrid)
Alvaro Domínguez (Atlético Madrid)
Giovanni dos Santos (Tottenham)
Douglas Costa (Shakhtar)
Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow)
Gueïda Fofana (Le Havre)
Paulo Henrique (Santos)
Giuliano (Internacional)
Maxime Gonalons (Lyon)
Mario Götze (Dortmund)
Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad)
Eden Hazard (Lille)
Jordan Henderson (Sunderland)
Markus Henriksen (Rosenborg)
Abel Hernández (Palermo)
Ander Herrera (Zaragoza)
Lewis Holtby (Mainz)
James Rodriguez (Porto)
Stefan Jovetic (Fiorentina)
Vaclav Kadlec (Sparta Prague)
Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund)
Gael Kakuta (Chelsea)
Alan Kardec (Benfica)
Simon Kjaer (Wolfsburg)
Maksim Koval (Dinamo Kiev)
Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas)
Toni Kroos (Bayern)
Manuel Lanzini (River Plate)
Adem Ljajic (Fiorentina)
Dejan Lovren (Lyon)
Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht)
Lukman Haruma (Monaco)
Federico Macheda (Manchester United)
Guido Marilungo (Sampdoria)
Marko Marin (Werder Bremen)
Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys)
Thomas Müller (Bayern)
Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao)
Marc Muniesa (Barcelona)
Ezequiel Muñoz (Palermo)
Yann Mvila (Rennes)
Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscou)
Neymar (Santos)
Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos)
Nikolas N’Koulou (Monaco)
Javier Pastore (Palermo)
Alexandre Pato (Milan)
Pablo Piatti (Almería)
Miralem Pjanic (Lyon)
Rafael (Manchester United)
Yaroslav Rakytskiy (Shakhtar)
Diego Renan (Cruzeiro)
Marco Reus (Mönchengladbach)
Emmanuel Rivière (Saint-Etienne)
Jack Rodwell (Everton)
José Rondón (Málaga)
Victor Ruiz (Espanyol)
Mamadou Sakho (PSG)
Davide Santon (Internazionale)
Georgy Shennikov (CSKA Moscow)
Xherdan Shaqiri (Basel)
Harmeet Singh (Vålerenga)
Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse)
Robin Soder (Göteborg)
Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahçe)
Yannis Tafer (Toulouse)
Thiago (Barcelona)
Lacina Traoré (Cluj)
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (Utrecht)
Carlos Vela (Arsenal)
Jelle Vossen (Genk)
Ante Vukusic (Hadjuk Split)
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Vladimir Weiss (Rangers)
Georginio Wijnaldum (Feyenoord)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Danny Wilson (Liverpool)
Siyanda Xulu (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Andriy Yarmolenko (Dinamo Kiev)
Sercan Yildirim (Bursaspor)

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