4. Barcelona AM Pedri
Madridistas love to roll their eyes at Pedri because of all the times he brings up how Real Madrid rejected him not once but twice. Pedri, though, is Barcelona’s top young talent for a reason, and whereas Frenkie de Jong has been more hype than production, the Spanish international has absolutely been worth praising. Even if Madridistas rightfully feel as though the praise has gotten out-of-hand and disproportionate to more consistent players.
A consistent presence in the Barcelona midfield, Pedri is often the only source of quality for La Blaugrana in that area of the pitch. He averages 1.4 fouls drawn per game, 1.3 dribbles completed per game, and 1.3 key passes per game in LaLiga, adding three goals.
3. Real Madrid CM Eduardo Camavinga
Yes, Eduardo Camavinga is superior to Barcelona’s top midfield prospect, and it honestly isn’t as close as No. 3 vs. 4 seems. Camavinga receives less hype, but, remember, this man was outplaying PSG as a 16-year-old. And has Pedri scored a goal as good as Camavinga’s longshot against Real Sociedad this season?
What truly separates the Frenchman apart, though, is his defending. Camavinga is a tireless worker in midfield and frequently wins the ball for his team, even against the best opponents in the world. PSG and Chelsea could not touch him in this year’s Champions League.
More consistent, more well-rounded, and just all-around better than Pedri as a footballer, Camavinga really should be getting more mainstream hype.