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Top 20 Most Valuable Soccer Players Under The Age of 21

Young talent is a valuable commodity in world football and clubs are willing to pay premium prices to secure the signature of youngsters to long-term contracts. By purchasing these players ahead of their fully realized potential carries certain risks, such as injury, derailing a promising career. However, by taking a risk on a young talent clubs can be rewarded with years of faithful service for a price that is often below their true market value. They can also avoid excessive transfer fees, which are growing to record levels with every transfer window.

Many of these young players have already undergone the transfer process at least once in their careers. These players are making decisions that will affect the rest of their career in football and possibly their lives. The pressure from agents and surrounding figures to sign gigantic contracts to cash in on their talents is enormous. Every day these players risk injury in training and matches. This creates additional internal pressure for these players to consider when they are making long term decisions.

In recent years, some of the largest transfers of all time have involved players just three or four years older than the players on this list. A few of these players could be candidates to join the list of the most expensive transfers of all time. Whether they are youngsters with attacking flair or defenders with poise beyond their years, these players represent the future of the sport. In this list are future household names and others that will fade into obscurity. Familiarize yourself with them now.

*All figures taken from transfermarkt.com

20 T18. Maximilian Arnold – Wolfsburg - €10 million

via ibtimes.co.uk

19 T18. Kurt Zouma – Chelsea - €10 million

via goal.com

18 T18. Adnan Januzaj – Manchester United - €10 million

via metro.co.uk

17 T11. Memphis Depay – PSV Eindhoven - €12 million

via telegraaf.nl

16 T11. Gerard Deulofeu – Sevilla - €12 million

via goal.com

15 T11. Timo Werner – Stuttgart - €12 million

via bayernnews.org

14 T11. Youri Tielemans – Anderlecht - €12 million

via independent.co.uk

13 T11. Calum Chambers – Arsenal - €12 million

via mirror.co.uk

12 T11. Matthias Ginter – Borussia Dortmund - €12 million

via dfb.de

11 T11. Emre Can – Liverpool - €12 million

via skysports.com

10 T6. Hakan Calhanoglu – Bayer Leverkusen - €15 million

via sportal.com.au

9 T6. Max Meyer – Schalke 04 - €15 million

via frickfoot.it

8 T6. Aymeric Laporte – Athletic Club (Bilbao) - €15 million

via gunnersinarms.com

7 T6. Domenico Berardi – Sassuolo - €15 million

via provenquality.com

6 T6. Ross Barkley – Everton - €15 million

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5 Mateo Kovacic – Inter Milan - €19 million

via soccer-infos.com

4 T3. Lazar Markovic – Liverpool - €20 million

via foxsports.com

3 T3. Raheem Sterling – Liverpool - €20 million

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2 Luke Shaw – Manchester United - €22 million

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

1 Marquinhos – Paris St. Germain - €25 million

via huffingtonpost.co.uk

Paris St. Germain currently has a wealth of Brazilian center back talent at their disposal. Marquinhos will learn from two of the best, with David Luiz and Thiago Silva being the perfect role models for the 20-year-old center back. Last season, Marquinhos helped PSG to another Ligue 1 title, and featured in 22 matches for the club. He was omitted from Brazil’s 2014 World Cup squad by ousted manager Luiz Filipe Scolari, but has since been recalled by Dunga. Marquinhos appears to be one of the world’s elite young central defenders and has a bright future ahead of him.

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