Another Champions League season returns as elite teams from across Europe compete to be crowned as the best team on the continent.
The competition is known to include the best players in the world and it also offers the opportunity for young starlets to make their mark.
Here, talkSPORT takes a look at five Under-23 players to watch for this Champions League season.
Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
Compared to his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala has become an important part of the club’s midfielder.
Musiala first started his academy career at Chelsea, but at just 16 he joined Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, scoring 19 goals last season, including one against Lazio in the Champions League.
As a result, he became the youngest scorer in the competition of English and German nationality.
The 18-year-old’s ability to exploit space, weaving through opposing defenses and finding the back of the net from all angles will play a vital role in Bayern Munich’s journey through the league.
Ansu Fati (Barcelona)
Despite a serious knee injury last season, Fati has proven to be a sensation for Barcelona and now wears the No.10 vacated by Lionel Messi.
The 18-year-old has scored 13 goals in 41 appearances for the Spanish first team and has also replaced his native, with Spain scoring once in four caps.
Fati became the youngest player to play for Barcelona’s first team in the league at the age of 16 and 298 days, making him the youngest player to score and provide an assist in La Liga during the 5-2 victory over Real Betis.
The striker’s incredible progress for club and country has been halted due to his knee injury.
The group’s opener against Bayern Munich may seem a bit too early for Fati to appear, but his road to stardom is anything but stoppable.
Yeremi Pino (Villarreal)
Starting his career at Huracan and Las Palmas, Pino then signed for Villarreal in 2017, which opened up opportunities for the winger in La Liga and Europa League, scoring four goals in total for both leagues.
After appearing in the 2021 Europa League final, Pino became the youngest Spanish player to start a major European final, at 18 years and 218 days old, breaking Iker Casillas’ record in the 2000 Champions League final. – not to mention that Pino helped Villareal beat Manchester. United wins their first Europa League!
Pino would have had an incredible opportunity to sign for Barcelona, but declined the offer and decided to stick with his current club, Villarreal – just the idea that Barcelona are interested in the young Spaniard is a huge indication of what he is. able.
Known for his remarkable pace and incisive dribbling allowing him to occupy crucial positions inside the box to score, Pino will be a deadly asset for Villarreal as he places his mark in the competition.
Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig)
Szoboszlai was one of Europe’s most wanted players after leading Hungary to Euro 2020, scoring the last-minute game-winner in the qualifying round.
Prior to signing at RB Leipzig, Dominik planted his fame at Red Bull Salzburg where he made his Champions League debut, scoring three goals for the Austrian side.
The 20-year-old is also set to become one of Leipzig’s essential players as he has scored two consecutive goals in the second Bundesliga game of this season.
Described as the perfect attacking midfielder of modern times, he keeps his engine running throughout the 90 minutes – no slowdown in sight!
He has incredible passing ability and even has decent shooting accuracy, especially on free kicks.
Looking for their first major European league win, RB Leipzig will certainly depend on Dominik to control their midfield.
Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
Camavinga was closely linked with Manchester United during last summer’s transfer window but the midfielder signed with Real Madrid after leaving French club Rennes.
He has already been called up to the French team and became the youngest debutant since 1914, when he was only 17 years, nine months and 17 days old.
The youngster is 6 feet tall and is considered a versatile player with great amounts of pace, which allows him to feature effectively under intense press.
He is also known for his tenacity and success rate in the tackle, which makes him very visible in midfield.
In the 2019/20 campaign, his breakthrough at Rennes, he attempted 105 tackles – among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, only Declan Rice (116) and Wilfred Ndidi (129) attempted more.
Camavinga has already proven his worth to boss Carlo Ancelotti, scoring just after eight minutes coming off the bench on his La Liga debut against Celtic Vigo.