Top five future sports stars
As many people are aware of, Neymar dos Santos Junior has transferred from Barcelona to PSG for a staggering fee of £200 million. There is no denying that Neymar is going to be one of the best football players in the world but there are plenty more brilliant sports stars out there. Here are my top five picks for future sports stars:
5. Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a 21-year-old football player who currently plays for Chelsea under the management of Antonio Conte. A fantastic box-to-box player is what he is classed as and at such a tender age there is no wonder he has attracted attention from both Manchester clubs and Barcelona. The 21-year-old is completely underestimated by everyone at Chelsea and is definitely not being given the playing time he deserves by Conte. Loftus-Cheek is a real prodigy who could and will most likely go on to do amazing things in the world of football.
4. Laura Muir
Laura Muir is another Brit and an absolute trooper when it comes to long distance running. At the minor age of 24, Muir is doing exceedingly well winning the 1500 meters race at the London Anniversary Games and smashingKelly Holmes’ British 1500m record to finish way ahead of the competition at the Paris Diamond League. The Brit finished top of the world rankings for 2016. There are only a couple of athletes who look a little less threatening than the small Scot, but if she gets her tactics right she could become quite the person to watch at this summer’s London World Championships.
3. Jordan Smith
Jordan Smith is another exciting prospect, who this time plays one of my sports – golf. Once again he is a Brit showing all the signs which should suggest that he could go on to big things. Despite not taking up the sport until he was 13, Smith appeared on the same Walker Cup team as Matthew Fitzpatrick in 2013. During his first year as a professional, he finished first in the EuroPro Tour order of merit, and then in his second year as a pro he topped the Challenge Tour order of merit. That has therefore earned him his full card for the European Tour in 2017. If he carries on like this, it won’t be long before he is on the PGA Tour; the ultimate for a golfer.
2. Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is a football player who is repeatedly outshining his teammates at Monaco and he is doing this at age 18. He has drawn so much attention from clubs that he has been called upon by his national team, France, and has shone playing for them too. This youngster really is special as is already being tailed by clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Arsenal. He isn’t the tallest player standing at 5 foot 10 inches, however his strength on the ball is unbelievable for someone even double his size!
1. Rory McIlroy
Where would this list be without Rory McIlroy? He isn’t just the best golfer on the PGA Tour at this moment in time, but the sport as a whole. Despite him winning pretty much everything as a golfer, he is still young at the age of 28. McIlroy plays one of the best brands of golf there is, with his attacking style of play which has everyone on the edge of their seats. Despite most players having an exponentially long drive nowadays, he is still one of the best drivers of the golf ball in the world, and when he puts it all together with his fantastic iron game and short game, birdies come in bunches. As a golfer, he has pretty much got everything that any golfer could ever dream of. Overall, Rory Mcilroy is the best sports future star- if he isn’t already!
Will, YJA Sports Correspondent