The 10 Highest Paid Teenagers in World Football

A new report has emerged revealing the top ten highest paid teenagers in world football, with five entries from the Premier League featuring alongside four from La Liga.

In case you missed it, Jadon Sancho rose to the top of the list after ?agreeing a new £190k-per-week deal with Borussia Dortmund? that will see him more than double his earnings, as the Bundesliga club successfully fended off interest from European sides.

With just under £10m set to be heading Sancho’s way each year in Germany, the ?Mail listed all the current footballing prodigies aged 19 and under who are earning big-money to ply their trade, which makes for rather interesting reading.


10. Takefusa Kubo – Real Madrid (£17k-per-week)

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The Japanese sensation was was asked to join ?Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth academy back in 2011 and scored a frightening 74 goals in just 30 games during his debut season in Catalonia.

He was ineligible to join the latter stages of the youth academy after La Blaugrana had been found to have violated FIFA’s international transfer policy, therefore the youngster returned to his native Japan. Talent doesn’t stay hidden for long though, and in June this year Kubo signed with ?Real Madrid on a five-year deal worth £17k-per-week, placing the 18-year-old among the highest earning teenagers in world football.


9. Callum Hudson-Odoi – Chelsea (£22k-per-week)

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Its been widely documented that ?Bayern Munich were keen on signing the highly-rated ?Chelsea forward, which has prompted widespread talk of a bumper new deal for Hudson-Odoi.

Should that materialise as expected, then the 18-year-old will be seeing his name feature much higher up this list in the not too distant future, as ??rumours circulate of a staggering £200k-per-week deal at Stamford Bridge.

If that comes to fruition, then it will absolutely dwarf his current earnings of £22k-per-week which, even now, are pretty decent figures given the relative inexperience of the emerging talent.


=7. Reiss Nelson – Arsenal (£30k-per-week)

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Set to embark on a breakthrough season in north London, Reiss Nelson has entered the first-team fold under Unai Emery having spent last season on loan with Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.

Ahead of his season-long move to the German club, Nelson put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with ?Arsenal that saw him receive earnings of £30k-per-week.

Now just 19 years old, the winger will be looking to impress for the Gunners in the upcoming season as he battles it out with club-record signing Nicolas Pepe for a starting berth.


=7. Phil Foden – Man City (£30k-per-week)

Phil Foden

Another player who looks set to feature more regularly for his side this season is ?Manchester City’s Phil Foden. The local lad has risen through the ranks with the Citizens to break into the first-team fold, with Pep Guardiola recently handing the 19-year-old more frequent action in his star-studded side.

Having emerged as one of England’s finest young talents, City acted quickly to tie Foden down to a new deal last December that saw him scoop earnings of £30k-per-week.

His stock looks set to continue rising after Guardiola recently said of the midfielder to the ?BBC: “I have said many times in press conferences, but maybe not said it in front of him, Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager.”


6. Moise Kean – Everton (53k-per-week)

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The ?Toffees spent big to lure the rising star of Italian football to Goodison Park this summer. Well, they deemed him a rising star, unlike ?Juventus, who felt they got a great deal by shipping out the 19-year-old to Merseyside for a deal that could rise to £37m.

In joining Everton the striker has become one of the world’s top earning teenagers, raking in somewhere around £53k-per-week.

He’s yet to get off the mark for Marco Silva’s side yet but they’ll be hoping for a decent return on a player who could end up becoming their record signing only behind Gylfi Sigurdsson.


5. Joao Felix – Atletico Madrid (£58k-per-week)

Joao Felix

One of the most sought after players in Europe this summer, the young Portuguese playmaker has been equally effective as a striker, which is why ?Atletico forked out a colossal £115m to bring the player to ?La Liga from Benfica.

A staggering fee no doubt, it was nevertheless expected for a player who notched no less than 15 goals and registered seven assists in the Primeira Liga last year, at only 19 years old.

Since earning his move to one of Europe’s finest, Felix is on a cool £58k-per-week, placing him in the top five earners of his age bracket.


4. Ryan Sessegnon – Tottenham (£70k-per-week)

?Spurs have been famously unwilling to pay their stars over the odds when it comes to weekly payments, with a strict wage structure having been instilled at the club for a number of years.

Their pursuit of Ryan Sessegnon had been rumbling on for some time, however, and there was no holding back in offering the 19-year-old a healthy salary of £70k-per-week to lure him to north London from Fulham this summer.

He tasted ?Premier League football for the first time last season with the Cottagers, but was unable to prevent them slipping back down into the second tier at the first time. Now he prepares for another crack at the top-flight.


3. Rodrygo – Real Madrid (£76k-per-week)

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All the way up in third on the list is 18-year-old Brazilian sensation Rodrygo, who made the seamless transition from Santos to Spain for around £40m in June this year.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Santos resident ?Neymar, Rodrygo instead went the way of Madrid where he now earns £76k-per-week having put pen to paper on a six-year contract.

The forward has some way to go before usurping Karim Benzema, and indeed Luka Jovic, from the striker role but has plenty of years ahead of him to justify Los Blancos’ faith.


=1. Vinicius Jr. – Real Madrid (190k-per-week)

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A certain Englishman may be top of the pile, but he’s joined by a fellow forward who is already beginning to show glimpses of his unquestionable talent in the Spanish capital.

If faith was shown in Rodrygo, then there must have been absolute certainty among the Madrid board when they made Vinicius the highest paid teenager in world football, handing the winger £190k-per-week wages.

That has naturally placed a lot of pressure on the former Flamengo forward’s shoulders, but he has already demonstrated on occasion his raw ability, with four goals in his debut season.


=1. Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund (190k-per-week)

Jadon Sancho

Not to be undone by their Spanish counterparts, ?Dortmund too have sought pay exceptional money to one of their teenagers. Although, of the entire list, this is most certainly the most justified – even if it is the joint highest.

His previous contract, which ran to 2022, was believed to be worth around £75k-per-week, so a jump up to £190k-per-week isn’t something to be scoffed at. 

However, with 12 goals and 14 assists in 34 Bundesliga outings last season, and magic in his boots, that’s the price you pay to keep hold of exceptional talent.


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Roma Confirm Davide Zappacosta Signing From Chelsea on Initial Loan Deal

?Roma have confirmed the signing of Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta on an initial six-month loan deal that will run until January 2020, with an option to extend the deal further available for the rest of the season.

First-team opportunities have been hard to come by for the Italian since his move from Torino in 2017, and he has failed to even make the bench in either of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season after falling out of favour under new boss Frank Lampard.


Having been deemed surplus to requirements, the Serie A outfit have returned the right back to his homeland, as he becomes the club’s seventh addition of the summer, following the arrivals of Leonardo Spinazzola, Amadou Diawara, Gianluca Mancini, Pau Lopez, Jordan Veretout and Mert Cetin. Zappacosta will wear the No. 2 shirt at Roma.

“I am pleased to join Roma, after an experience overseas that helped me progress as both a player and a person,” Zappacosta said on the club’s official website.

“Being able to play for a great club like this is a huge motivation – I cannot wait to start training alongside my new teammates.”

Zappacosta won the FA Cup and Europa League in his two seasons with the Premier League side, but will now be reunited with Roma’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi, who worked with 27-year-old during his time with Torino.

Davide Zappacosta

“I’m pleased to be able to have Davide on my team once again,” Petrachi said. “Compared with the player that I knew at Torino, now Roma are getting a player who has matured both as a player and a person after a valuable spell in another league. 

“I am certain that Davide will be able to make an important contribution during the course of the season.”

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Callum Hudson-Odoi: Why His Return Could Be a Catalyst for a Chelsea Revival

ICYMI, Callum Hudson-Odoi is back, baybeeee. Or at least back in training, which is as good as, IMHO (I wonder if I can begin every line with an abbreviation?).

The 18-year-old winger, who’s been out with an Achilles injury since April, is also set to sign a whopping, whapping, whamming, whatting(?) £200,000-a-week contract extension in the coming days/hours, ahead of his expected September return.

Essentially, it’s all coming up CHO at Stamford Bridge, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. The man/boy is a living legend, clearly. I mean sure, you can choose to focus on the fact that he may, at one point in time, have handed in a transfer request in an effort to push through a move to Bayern Munich.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

And that focus my make you think twice about handing him, in turn, ‘legendary’ man/boy status. But we all know why he wanted to move to Bavaria, don’t we? We know that it was an enticing combination of genuine gametime at one of the best clubs in the world and the Jadon Sancho effect. 

We also now know that the man/boy is worth the €35-€40m that the German champions were offering, and that if a sizeable pay-cheque is what must be done to ensure we don’t have to go out looking for another one – and Lord knows he won’t be English or homegrown – so be it. 

Because, make no mistake about it, he is that good. And, if in January he was worth that much after playing less than an hour of Premier League football, how much is he worth now? How many Oli McBurnies would you take in exchange for one Hudson-Odoi? Cause he’s worth £20m, apparently, and if the answer’s anything less than four you’re lying. 

Indeed, what better motivation for the rest of the youth players than seeing the value placed on one of their peers?


All this is to say that the contract and earlier-than-anticipated return is excellent news, news that will have a great bearing on the campaign. 

Because, ICYMI, things haven’t been going too well down in west London. I mean, actually, 60-70% of all three performances have been fairly impressive so far. It’s just those pesky remaining percentage points that are letting Frank Lampard down, just as they let Maurizio Sarri down. 

Only this time it’s different. Whereas under Sarri Chelsea would have heaps of the ball, create a fair few chances, convert none of them, and then go behind against the run of play, then get demoralised beyond repair, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have started excellently, created heaps of chances, taken at least one – United aside – but then run out of steam and allowed the opponents into the game. 

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Surprisingly, given Sarri’s reputation, the football has arguably improved under the club’s record goalscorer. What is surprising, and in turn concerning, is how much the fitness seems to have taken a hit. 

That level of surprise, though, is diminished when you consider the *Ahh sh*t, here we go again* summer’s transfer ban, which Super Frank won’t stop alluding to in post-match press conferences, so neither will I. 

While the emergence of youth has breathed a smidgeon of fresh air into a cobwebbed squad, it’s not the same as newly minted signings, especially following the generational loss of, *yeah, we get it*, Eden Hazard.

Even so, the Blues’ predilection for fading away in games thus far has been worrying. Which is where ya boy comes in.

Pedro,Willian

Pedro and Willian have long been divisive figures at Stamford Bridge, with the latter provoking particular fervour in some parts of the fanbase. And, while the former has looked extraordinarily indefatigable at times (then later sorely fatigued), the latter, with just 19 minutes under his belt (I stress) has provided plenty of ammunition to his haters so far.

But, whatever your opinion on the veteran wingers, one thing is clear: they need help. For different reasons, they need reinforcements. For how long Pedro will remain such a scamperer remains to be seen, but his output will undoubtedly be elongated with the return of CHO, allowing him to scamper that extra inch, with that extra bit of oomph. 

As for Willian, well, clearly, the Brazilian is in need of a bit of motivation, so what better carrot than the man/boy who is desperate for the number 10 shirt he only just garnered returning to the fold, and threatening his place in the side. 

Considering Lampard’s willingness to throw the youth in thus far, and the feel-good smokescreen it provides, it is likely CHO will come back as more than just a threat to Willian, which will favour him in two ways. 


Firstly, another youngster can only continue the feeling of a long-awaited youthful revolution at the Bridge and secondly, Hudson-Odoi showed himself to be a far more direct player than both last season, and a greater goal-threat, too.

Which, yes, surprise, surprise, is what Chelsea need more than anything at the minute. So, yeah, basically, wake me up when September starts.

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Kurt Zouma Admits Delight at Finally Getting First Team Chance at Chelsea

?Kurt Zouma has expressed his happiness with the chance he has been given to prove himself at Chelsea by manager Frank Lampard.

With David Luiz’s move to Arsenal and the Blues’ transfer ban, Zouma is now one of the side’s senior centre backs, starting all three fixtures this season, and says he is relishing his opportunity to demonstrate his quality.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Leicester at the weekend, with quotes carried by the Guardian, Zouma said: “I am very happy to play here. I just want to keep going.

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“I am in a big club and everyone wants to play. The competition is very hard and there are a lot of talented players, so when you train you have to do it right. That’s what I am trying to do and that’s what I am working hard for.”

Question marks were raised after the 24-year-old struggled during their opening weekend 4-0 defeat at ?Manchester United, but the Frenchman has since shown signs of his potential.

Zouma has struggled to cement a place at Stamford Bridge in previous seasons. Following a serious knee injury that sidelined him for nine months in 2016, the centre back was sent out on loan spells to Stoke City and Everton, impressing with the latter.

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On his struggles, Zouma admitted: “It has been a very, very long journey.

“People don’t know, people don’t see but I was in the shadow, working hard to get back because I had a very bad injury. I was off for one year but people forget that and don’t see. But I always believed in myself. My family was always there behind me and now I am back here.”


After impressing at Goodison Park, the Toffees had hoped to sign Zouma on a permanent basis, but the newly appointed Chelsea boss included the Frenchman in his plans for the new season.

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9 Premier League Signings That Are Definitely 100% Without a Doubt Going to Flop This Season

The *English* summer transfer window is closed. The Premier League is back. Silly season is over. The real season has begun. But with it, comes the actualisation of this silly season. The posturing, the prognosticating, the five minute highlight reel watching is over.

We have actual footage of these actual signings to pour over now, well at least in most cases. And, yeah, not all of it is flattering. So, two games in, here are nine Premier League signings who are definitely, 100%, without question or hesitation going to flop this season. 

Here goes. 


Sebastien Haller

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West Ham’s list of strikers in the Gold-Sullivan era is, well, insipid. It’s so uninspiring it’s almost… inspired? In any case, £45m man Sebastien Haller was supposed to change all that. The former Eintracht Frankfurt target man was the striker to revert this curse. 

Two games in, the club are winless, Haller goalless and the Frenchman is suffering from a swollen knee. I hate to burst your bubble lads, but… 


William Saliba

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Sure, the £27m(?) defender has immediately returned to St Etienne on loan, but he will join Arsenal at some point and, I’m telling you, the club will regret it. 

Gabriel 2.0, mark my words. 


Arnaut Danjuma

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Firstly, there’s the less pressing problem around Arnaut Danjuma’s name. Is it Arnaut Danjuma, as both the club and widespread media have gone for, or is it Arnaut Groeneveld, which is what Wikipedia have gone for? It’s both confusing and troubling. 

Secondly, though, there’s the issue of his fitness (footness?), with the Dutchman having already aggravated a foot injury that kept him out for four months last season. Needless to say, he is yet to play for the Cherries.


Lys Mousset

Lys Mousset

Sheffield United bought Lys Mousset for a club-record £10m in July, and then 10 days later they smashed that record with the £20m purchase of fellow frontman Oli McBurnie. Hardly a confidence booster, is it? 

Oh and, err, Mousset is still not yet fit, apparently, and has thus been left out of the first two matchday squads. For the record, McBurnie is yet to nab a starting berth as well. Hmmmm.


Adam Webster

Adam Webster

Adam Webster cost £25m. Who is Adam Webster? 

Adam Harry Webster is an English professional footballer who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion. He is a centre back.

Thanks, Wikipedia. 

Adam Webster is yet to start for Brighton. In his way stand a newly captained Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, perhaps the greatest centre back pairing outside the top si-, hell, top four. Why did Brighton buy Adam Webster? Who is Adam Webster?


Mateo Kovacic

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Both these statements about Mateo Kovacic are unequivocally true:

1) Kovacic was an integral signing for Chelsea, with midfield re-enforcements paramount in an off-season where no others could be brought in. 

2) Kovacic was a horrendous signing for Chelsea, and yet another example of the short-termism that has plagued the club for the last decade. He will not be a Chelsea player in year’s time. He won’t deserve to be. 


Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew

Crystal Palace need goals. In 101 Premier League appearances, Jordan Ayew has scored 16 goals. Of the three clubs he has represented in England, his worst goalscoring ratio has been at Palace, with one in 20 top tier games. He has never scored more than 12 goals in a league season, and that was in France. 

Why did Crystal Palace sign Jordan Ayew? 


Ayoze Perez

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After a £30m summer move from Newcastle, Ayoze Perez has registered just one shot on target this season in Leicester blue/pink. 

I know this because I have watched the Spaniard in his debut outings for the Foxes, and also because I clicked on the top article that comes up when you Google him, which is entitled: ‘Does £30m Man Ayoze Perez Fit Brendan Rodgers’ System At Leicester?’

It’s going well, then. 


Joelinton

Joelinton

Let’s be real. You could say the same for much of Newcastle’s business over the summer, but Joelinton looks the most egregious right now. That’s unquestionable, on account of the £40m price tag. And, again, the top stories that come around him illustrate this point perfectly, with the phrase ‘concerned staff’ coming up more than once. 

I’m not a first impressions expert, but that strikes me as a bad one, probably. I don’t think ‘concern’ is the emotion I’d like to provoke in people upon meeting them. 


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