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Foxes in the Box – The Most Lethal Young Finishers in World Football

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A lot of things can be taught in football. A striker’s instinct is not one of those things. They say it’s just something you are born with. There are a few young prodigies who have shown very early signs that these instincts are indeed in their DNA.

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Here are the top 5 finishers aged 22 or under in world football.

#1. Erling Braut Haaland

There are few strikers as good as Haaland not just in his category but in the world. The Norwegian youngster has taken the world by absolute storm. He has been scoring goals for fun in the Bundesliga as well as the Champions League. He lacks any form of fear and is not intimidated by any opposition. His finishing has been hailed as one of the best by coaches and pundits everywhere. His pace, strength, and goal-scoring ability have made him one of the most valuable players in world football. He has scored a goal every 57 minutes in the Bundesliga having joined 10 months ago.

#2. Mason Greenwood

At just 19 years of age, Greenwood has turned the corners of the goal into his own personal hunting grounds. His ability to shoot with both feet and create space with his quick feet have left experienced defenders stunned. He is Manchester United’s brightest prospect and has proven his worth time and again. He is one of the best finishers in world football and his shot conversion rate is simply brilliant for a player his age. He scores goals with 20% of his shots which is a very impressive return.

#3. Kylian Mbappe

The French wonderkid is no longer a prodigy. After his breakthrough season with AS Monaco over 3 years ago, he is now one of the best players in world football. He starred in the France squad that lifted the world cup in 2018 and has been the focal point of PSG’s attack along with Neymar. At just 21 years of age, he has now played a world cup final and a champions league final. Mbappe has a sensational shot conversion rate of 16% His speed, dribbling, and especially his finishing makes him one of the most difficult players in the world to defend against.

#4. Marcus Rashford

The 22-year-old Manchester United Superstar has made headlines off the pitch for the last 6 months with his phenomenal work for children in the UK. But Marcus is no stranger to headlines on the pitch either. He is Manchester United’s man for the biggest of occasions. He is never intimidated by the quality of the opponents and his goal-scoring records in big matches would put the world’s elite players to shame. Rashford boasts one of the most dangerous dipping shots in the world and is never shy of letting loose from a distance. After 4 years in professional football, his shot conversion rate of 12.12% is a breathtaking figure. With 22 goals in spite of a considerable spell injured last season, Rashford has become one of the first names on the Manchester United team sheet.

#5. Ansu Fati

Many Barcelona fans around the world are calling the Spanish prodigy the heir to the throne of Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou. With the Argentine approaching the tail end of his career, the need to find a replacement has finally come after nearly two decades. But there is a possibility that Barca may have to look no further than their own academy, La Masia. The school of Football that produced the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, and of course, Lionel Messi himself.

Fati has already become the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history and Barcelona’s youngest goal scorer of all time. His performances since his debut have been eye-catching, to say the least. His finishing ability is just one of his many talents. But it is not one to go unnoticed. Ha has  staggering shot conversion rate of 17%. This season Fati has been Barcelona’s best player so far. He has scored in the Champions League, El Clasico, and several other important games. The shoes to be filled are massive. But this 17 year old from Spain has shown no signs of slowing down.

 

These kids are already smashing records and getting fans off their seats. If they keep their heads down and work hard there is no reason they can’t be the Ballon D’or winners of tomorrow. Humility and discipline can be defined in a youngster’s career. It is up to the clubs, coaches, and players themselves to ensure they maintain this at all times. But when these lads are through on goal it usually only means one thing…..and there’s nothing you can do about it.

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