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Potential WC stars: Abel Ruiz, Rodrigo Guth, and more

Abel Ruiz (right) is the leading scorer in Spanish U-17 history with 19 goals.
Abel Ruiz (right) is the leading scorer in Spanish U-17 history with 19 goals.

Top Spanish players to watch out for

(Compiled by Dermot Corrigan)

Abel Ruiz, Barcelona

La Masia's Ruiz was captain and top scorer as Spain beat England in last May's U-17 European Championships. He's the leading scorer in Spanish U-17 history (19 goals) and already featuring regularly off the bench for Barca B in the Segunda Division.

Eric García, Manchester City

Centre back Garcia joined Manchester City from Barca's youth ranks last July for around €2 million, causing a lot of angst among blaugrana fans and pundits. Although a year younger than most of his teammates, he was a defensive leader at May's Euros.

Mohamed Moukhliss Agmir, Real Madrid

An attacking midfielder known as 'Moha' at Madrid, he chose to represent Spain so far despite also qualifying for Morocco due to his family background. Long tipped for the top, as early as two years ago Manchester United and Manchester City were reportedly trying to tempt him to England.

Mateu Morey, Barcelona

Right-back Morey was named in the team of the tournament at this summer's Euros, having scored twice in the competition, including in the final against England. Almost joined Bayern Munich for €3 million last summer, although the widely reported move did not go through in the end.

Ferran Torres, Valencia

Right-winger Torres has already been called up to train with Valencia's first team this season, having impressed new coach Marcelino when playing for the senior B team in Spain's third tier. Strong and direct, he has been compared with former underage sensation Marco Asensio.

Paulinho is the youngest player to score for Vasco this century.

Top Brazilian players to watch out for

(Compiled by Ricardo Zanei)

Rodrigo Guth, Coritiba, centre back

The 16-year-old Guth has never played on Coritiba's first team but Italy's Atalanta have already held negotiations for him.

Alan, Palmeiras, midfielder

Real Madrid have already shown interest in the 17-year-old Alan, who has a release clause of €50 million. He provided three assists against Colombia in the Sul-Americano final.

Victor Yan, Santos, midfielder

Yan, 16, signed his first professional contract last August. Today, he is one of the most prolific players in the Santos U-17 team.

Lincoln, Flamengo, forward

At Flamengo, Lincoln is seen to be as good as his friend Vinicius Junior -- Real Madrid's future star. The 16-year-old plays for the U-20 team.

Paulinho, Vasco, forward

Paulinho, 17, scored two goals against Atletico-MG at the Brazilian Championship last July -- becoming the youngest player to score for Vasco this century in the process.


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