Though the coronavirus pandemic has dominated discussions in every facet of life lately even in sports circles, there is no denying the fact that some amazing feats have already been recorded in this football season across Europe.
While we already know what the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and even Robert Lewandowski will do, some exciting youngsters are already grabbing the headlines with their exciting goal-scoring prowess.
Though we have seen a long list of youngsters coming and going like a flash in the pan, FCNaija takes a look at 7 Highest Scoring Teenagers in Europe This Season.
We hope they would stand the test of time and get to the pinnacle in the years ahead
7. Ferran Torres (Valencia) – 6 goals
The Spaniard turned 20 on February 29th, though we felt he deserved to be included having played the majority of the campaign as a teenager.
The exciting attacking midfielder has cemented his reputation as one of Spain’s most promising emerging talents, hitting 6 goals in 34 appearances for his hometown club.
6. Francisco Trincão (Braga) – 7 goals
Already on his way to Barcelona due to his superlative displays Trincão is another player who turned 20 during the current campaign, though his exploits as a 19-year old for a large chunk of the 2019/20 season ensured he made our list.
With 7 goals in just 10 Primeira Liga and Europa League starts (26 appearances total) since August, this exciting youngster deserves all the accolades he is getting.
It is thus not surprising that Barca has sanctioned a £30m deal for this raw talent ahead of the Summer transfer window.
5. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) – 10 goals
If there is one silver lining in Arsenal’s largely unproductive season, it is the emergence of Gabriel Martinelli who has been a major positive for the Gunners.
From relative obscurity in his homeland last year, the Brazilian centre-forward has not only shot into the limelight but he has done so in a remarkable manner.
Since he was accorded a chance in the first he grabbed it and never looked back.
The 18-year old has already banged in an impressive 10 goals from just 15 starts for the Gunners in 2019/20 before the season was abruptly punctured
4. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – 12 goals
Manchester United’s academy has been churning out plenty of potential stars of late, though Mason Greenwood is undoubtedly the club’s home-grown crown jewel right now.
The Bradford-born youngster rarely fails to miss an opportunity to impress, and the versatile attacker, who only turned 18 in October, has already scored 12 first team goals for United despite starting just 15 games in total.
3. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 17 goals
His name is ringing the bell in the transfer market with several top clubs battling to buy him over. The England international who turned 20 this week, is one of football’s hottest properties right now and the reason is not far-fetched.
This incredibly talented winger has scored 17 times for Dortmund in all competitions this term and he has equally proved he can also create goals with a whopping 17 assists to his name from the same hugely productive period.
2. Myron Boadu (AZ Alkmaar) – 18 goals
Amsterdam-born forward Myron Boadu is enjoying a spectacular break-out season in the Netherlands for his club AZ Alkmaar in 2019/20.
The 19-year old striker has been banging in goals on the regular for AZ in the Eredivisie and the Europa League, hitting the net 18 times in total in his 31 appearances in all competitions.
1. Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) – 40 goals
As they say in local palace, this is the ‘oga patapata’ of them all. In the last 15 months, the lethal striker has witnessed a spectacular rise which many can only dream of.
The Norwegian, who won’t turn 20 until July, moved to Austria in January 2019 to sign for RB Salzburg from Molde.
Haaland found the net an eye-watering 28 times in just 22 appearances for RB Salzburg between August and December, transferring his prowess from the Austrian to the Champions League stage with other-worldly ease.
German club Borussia Dortmund came calling when the winter transfer window opened, snatching Haaland for approximately €20m from under the noses of Manchester United, and the 19-year old hasn’t looked back since.
Haaland hit a stunning debut hattrick off the bench for BVB against Augsburg and the hitman has bagged 12 goals in total since moving across the border to swap one Bundesliga for another.
The aforementioned players look like living up to their wonder kid billing, though many players in the same category didn’t.