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10 Best Football Players Aged Under 25 (2024)

Football is one of the most exciting and entertaining sports in the world. People who watch football understand the importance of age to the game, both on the pitch and off the pitch.

Under 25 players are those who are already above the youngster level. Many consider that your best football can come from the age of 25 and above.

In this article, we at SHOLY NATION SPORTS rate the 10 best under 25 players in the world right now, based on their performance and influence on their respective clubs and countries.

1. Kylian Mbappe

If someone randomly said, “Who’s Mbappe?” that means the person is living under a rock. Mbappe has been one of the best players in the world for like 3 to 4 years now, scoring goals, assisting, and making a name for himself on the biggest stages in the world of football.

At the age of 25, he has already won the World Cup, Ligue 1, the Golden Boy, and been in the top 3 of the Ballon d’Or ranking.It is actually a fact if someone called Mbappe the best in the world. He is amazing, with pace, energy, and an eye for goals.

According to many reliable sources, Mbappe will join Real Madrid next season.

2. Erling Haaland

When we talk about goals, call Erling Haaland. The real goal machine. He scores goals for fun and has one of the best goal ratios in football history, banging goals back to back. Last season he won the European Golden Boot, Premier League Golden Boot, Premier League Best Player, Champions League, and a lot more.

Erling Haaland is one of the biggest names in football right now, with 35 goal contributions in 36 games so far this season.

He is one of the key pieces of Pep Guardiola’s team.

3. Phil Foden

The English and Manchester City player has suddenly become one of the best players in the Premier League this season. He has more than 30 goal contributions this season.

He has already won five Premier League titles, Champions League , and the Premier League Young Player of the Year award.

The talented player has now become a big part in Pep’s system due to his reliable and consistent performances.

4. Vinicius Jr

Vinicius inherited Cristiano Ronaldo’s legendary number 7 without fear. In the last three seasons, Vini has become one of the best players for Real Madrid, helping them to win the UCL, scoring the winning and the only goal in the final against Liverpool.

In the 22/23 season, Vinicius scored 23 goals and provided 21 assists.In the 23/24 season, Vinicius already has 18 goals and 8 assists despite his injury earlier in the season.

Real Madrid’s patience with Vinicius is now a profit for them because he’s one of the best wingers in the world of football right now.

5. Jude Bellingham

The Golden Boy winner who joined Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund on a record deal of €103m.

Jude has been excellent since joining the Spanish giants, managing to score 20 goals and providing 10 assists to his name. He is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world and one of the best players in the world.

His dribbling, intelligent runs, and goal-scoring ability make him a complete midfielder.

6. Florian Wirtz

The Leverkusen player, who is just 20 years old, has been playing at the highest levels since making his debut for the German club.

A good attacking midfielder, he scores goals, assists, and creates loads of chances.He has more than 30 goal contributions this season so far, a leader in Xabi Alonso’s team, top of the Bundesliga, unbeaten with non-stop top performances.

Florian Wirtz is a big target for many top European clubs next season, with Barca, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and many others watching closely.

7. Bukayo Saka

Arsenal’s homegrown player, a gem from the Emirates, is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world in his position.

His dribbling abilities and speed are big tools in his game, good in one-on-one situations.

He’s one of the best under-25 players in the world.

8. Julian Alvarez

At the age of 24, The Argentinian has already completed football, having won some of the biggest trophies such as the Champions League, Premier League, World Cup, and Copa Libertadores.

Alvarez joined Manchester City from River Plate and since joining the English club, he has been exceptional.His ability to switch positions from striker to attacking midfielder to winger, along with a good goal-scoring and free-kick ability.

9. Jamal Musiala

The talented youngster is a joy to watch, with his one-on-one skill, passing, and goal-scoring.

Since making his professional debut for Bayern, he has been unstoppable for both club and country.

He has 20 goal contributions this season so far for club and country.

10. Cole Palmer

The former Manchester City midfielder joined Chelsea in the summer for £42.5 million ($52m) after he told Pep Guardiola that he needed more game time. The 21-year-old has taken over the Chelsea project, with big performances week in and week out, and more than 30 goal contributions this season.


Darwin Núñez (Liverpool), Enzo Fernández (Chelsea), Lamine Yamal (FC Barcelona), Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen), Alexander Isak (Newcastle), Matías Soulé (Frosinone), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli), Manuel Ugarte (PSG), Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad), Sávio (Girona), Rafael Leão.

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