Vinicius Jr. has been a revelation for Real Madrid in the 2021/22 season, producing world-class displays and match-winning moments. Most recently, he was decisive one-on-one against Achraf Hakimi in a Champions League Remontada over PSG, bouncing back from a rough first leg individually and collectively. He then was a massive difference-maker against Mallorca, rising above racist abuse from the crowd to score the opening goal and draw the penalty for the second.
At just 21 years old, Vini is undoubtedly one of the best young players in European football. But where exactly does he rank among the best young players in the continent?
Here is a list of the top 10 players under 25.
10. Chelsea RB Reece James
If you had to ask Real Madrid fans who their dream target at right back is, many of them would say Reece James, who is indeed on the Madrid radar. Of course, James is an entirely unrealistic transfer target, because he is vital to Chelsea. The Blues know he is one of the best all-around fullbacks that money can buy, and at 22 years old, he is only going to get better.
James has improved so much, so quickly. In 2020/21, he was decisive in helping the Blues win the Champions League, and he has become an even more complete player in 2021/22. Strong defensively, the England international also has a whopping five goals and six assists in the Premier League. That is world-class production.
9. Manchester City CM Phil Foden
We stay in the Premier League to praise the versatile Phil Foden, who is already one of the most well-liked players in his league. He was a true star for City in their title-winning campaign and run to the Champions League Final last season, playing a key role in the latter competition.
Foden can play at any attacking position, though he came up as a midfielder. Pep Guardiola always spoke incredibly highly of the England international’s potential, and the young man has proven his manager correct every step of the way.