Football is a game that doesn’t consider age to be a barrier to set/break records. In this era of professional football, players mint insane money, and why not? They have the talent which makes their life worth living. Before success touches their feet they need to prove why they are worth the huge investment and only then things fall into the right place. Young prodigies or you call them teenagers have taken over the transfer market and their wages are beginning to match their ambition. With an updated report as per the 2019/20 season, XploreSports lists the 10 highest paid teenagers in world football.
1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – £190,000-a-week
The 19-year-old highly rated English winger who made his move from Manchester City to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund last season receives £190,000-a-week which makes him the hottest teenage property in town. Sancho made 43 appearances across all competitions last season and scored 13 times and assisted an impressive 19 times.
The Englishman played a crucial role in Dortmund’s second-place finish in the Bundesliga last season that earned him a staggering hike from the German club amid transfer speculation. The impressive performance was also acknowledged by Gareth Southgate as he earned his first international cap for England. The new deal catapults him to the No 1 spot in the table of highest-paid teenagers in world football.
=1. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – £190,000-a-week
The Spanish league has unquestionable talent and clubs that are willing to spend big on teenage property. The former Flamengo striker became the highest-paid teenager in world football when he joined Real Madrid last season. He signed a £190,000 per week deal netting him a cool £6.85m a year at that makes him share the top spot with Jadon Sancho.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder made 18 appearances for Real Madrid last season and scored 2 goals. He looks to be a promising talent and has the agility and pace to edge over the best defenders in the world. Vinicius is yet to open his account in the 2019/20 season. He definitely represents the future of Real Madrid and thus the high wages make him join the charts of highest-paid teenagers in world football.
3. Rodrygo (Real Madrid) – £76,000-a-week
Real Madrid are big investors in teenage talent and another name that makes it to the list is the Brazilian star, Rodrygo. The 18-year-old completed his protracted move to Santiago Bernabeu from Santos this summer where he now earns £76k-per-week having put pen to paper on a six-year contract. The Santos star is reported to be running up a wage of close to £4m per year that adds him to the list of the highest-paid teenager in world football.
He showed glimpses of his talent in the pre-season game but couldn’t feature for Zinedine Zidane’s side at the start of the 2019/20 campaign due to hamstring injury and joined the long list of his new team-mates in having picked up a knock during pre-season.
4. Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur) – £70,000-a-week
The first Premier League inclusion on the list comes in at No 4 with Tottenham’s deadline day signing Ryan Sessengon. The highly-rated youngster signed from Fulham to the north-London side with wages of £70k-per-week having signed a six-year deal.
The 19-year-old who can play as a left-back or winger made 35 Premier League appearances for Fulham last season, scoring two goals and providing six assists but was unable to prevent them from relegation last season. He’s played in excess of 100 senior games and attributes great mental strength. The teenage talent is yet to feature for Pochettino’s side in the 2019/20 campaign and is sidelined due to injury. He looks like a player with a very bright future at Tottenham Hotspur and makes it into the list of highest-paid teenagers in world football.
5. Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – £58,000-a-week
The 19-year-old joined the prestigious list of players who have completed big money transfers when he signed a £115m deal with Atletico Madrid from Benfica. The diminutive Portuguese star will earn £15m over his five-year contract and will earn close to £58,000-a-week at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Felix only made his debut for Benfica’s first team in August but he finished the season with 20 goals in 43 games including a hat trick in the UEFA Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt. While many football pundits looked at this deal as a new low for the transfer market the 19-year-old has already demonstrated that he was not a naïve piece of business. Joao Felix has already scored twice and assisted three goals in his first 102 minutes for Atletico and also made his first appearance alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
6. Moise Kean (Everton) – £53,000-a-week
Another 19-year-old earning a big-money deal this summer was Italian striker Moise Kean after he swapped from Juventus to Premier League side, Everton. Kean is considered one of the finest young strikers in Europe and arrived at Goodison Park to great fanfare on a five-year deal. The Toffees will hope Kean, who signed a £53,000-a-week deal, can score the goals to help them gatecrash the Premier League’s Big Six this season.
The Italian striker made 13 appearances for Juventus last season and scored 6 goals. He also made his UEFA U-21 debut this week and scored in his opening match to win the game which will be a nice way to kickstart his confidence for the Merseyside club. He has already been featured in four matches for Everton and is finding his rhythm to adjust to English football. In the four games, he has provided one assist but he looks to be a promising talent who can change Everton’s fortune.
=7. Phil Foden (Manchester City) – £30,000-a-week
After emerging out as England’s finest young talent, City and Pep Guardiola were quick enough to hand the teenage talent a new deal last December that saw him scoop earnings of £30k-per-week. Although the 19-year-old wasn’t been given enough opportunities to play in the past he is considered to make regular appearances and play an even bigger role in the coming seasons.
The Stockport-born playmaker joined City at U9 level and in the U17 World Cup that was hosted by India, Foden was awarded the tournament’s best player as England won the tournament. He became the youngest City player to play in European competition and the youngest Englishman to start in a Champions League game. Having made several cameos last season and scoring seven goals in 26 appearances for City, Foden is considered David Silva’s long-term successor as the Spaniard has confirmed that this will be his last season at the club.
=7. Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) – £30,000-a-week
Having spent last season on loan with Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim Reiss Nelson put pen to paper on a new long-term deal entering the first-team fold under Unai Emery. Now just 19 years old, the winger will be looking to impress for the Gunners. A youth product of Arsenal, Reiss Nelson takes home £30,000 per week on his current deal which is likely to be in line for lucrative extensions if he enjoys a breakout campaign in 2019-20. He is set to embark in north London and makes him share the 7th spot in the list of highest-paid teenagers in world football.
9. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – £22,000-a-week
According to reports Chelsea are putting the finishing touches to Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new contract that’ll see him fetch over a £100,000 a week. Frank Lampard is keen to hold on to one of the brightest prospects in the club and secure the future of all his best young talent. He is set to take over Eden Hazard old position on the left and is working his way towards returning to the first-team squad.
Right now the teenager has his wages fixed as £22,000-a-week which is also a pretty decent figure given the relative inexperience of the emerging talent. The 18-year-old was in high speculations in the transfer rumours as Bayern Munich chased the young teenagers and thus Chelsea promised a new contract to retain the teenager. He is placed ninth on the list of highest-paid teenagers in world football.
10. Takefusa Kubo (Real Madrid) – £17,115-a-week
The Japanese sensation 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 this summer transfer Kubo signed with Real Madrid on a five-year deal worth £17k-per-week, placing the 18-year-old in the 10th position in the list of highest-paid teenagers in world football.