The dawn of the millennium seems like it was only yesterday, but footballers born in the 21st century are fast growing up and some are even playing first-team games already. Here's a look at nine rapidly rising individuals with the highest market values around... Data is sourced from Transfermarkt where not every emerging player born in 2000 has yet been assigned a 'market value', which explains the notable absence of individuals like Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes or Manchester City's...
Born: 25th March 2000
Jadon Sancho took the plunge last month and left Manchester City's Under-18 team for the offer of a first-team place at Borussia Dortmund in a transfer reported to be worth £8m.
The rising England junior star was immediately assigned the number seven shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembele after his €105m move to Barcelona and will look to make his senior debut soon after an initial run with Borussia Dortmund II.
Born: 18th May 2000
Fulham prodigy Ryan Sessegnon was 16 years of age for the whole of his debut season with the club's first-team in 2016/17, celebrating his 17th birthday the day after the Cottagers were knocked out of the Championship playoffs.
Manchester United and Tottenham are both credited with serious interest, but would have to pay more than 10 times Sessegnon's current real market value to prise him away.
Born: 28th February 2000
Juventus starlet became the first player born in the 21st century to play in Serie A when he made his debut in November 2016, acquiring the same record for the Champions League when he also made his debut in that competition a few days later.
The young forward will spend the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Hellas Verona, having extended his Juve contract to the summer of 2020 before he left.
Born: 25th May 2000
At just 17 years of age, Turkish goalkeeper Berke Ozer already stands at an imposing 6 ft 3 in and is earning a reputation at second division side Altinordu in the west coast city of Izmir.
The teenager made headlines in Turkey at the start of the summer when he was called into the senior national team squad for the first time for a friendly against Macedonia.
Born: 13th January 2000
Romanian midfielder Vladimir Screciu currently plays his club football for Universitatea Craiova, a team that finished 5th in the country's top division last season.
Having made his first-team debut for the club as a 16-year-old last October, Screciu has so far played all nine games at the start of the new 2017/18 league campaign.
Born: 4th February 2000
Luxembourg midfielder Vincent Thill was recently part of the team that held France to an historic 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifier, lining up alongside 19-year-old brother, Olivier.
At club level, the younger Thill is contracted to Metz in Ligue 1 and became the first player born in the 21st century to play in any of Europe's established top five leagues when he made his debut in September 2016
Born: 9th July 2000
Diminutive Mexican winger Diego Lainez has been playing professionally for domestic giant Club America since March of this year when he made his senior debut in a Mexican cup game.
He made his first start less than three weeks later and is considered to be one of the CONCACAF region's most prominent emerging talents.
Born: 28th January 2000
Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic became the youngest debutant in Partizan Belgrade history when he appeared for the first-team just days after his 16th birthday in early February 2016.
Vlahovic will soon take the next step of his career, with a move to Serie A side Fiorentina already arranged for when he turns 18 this coming January.
Born: 2nd November 2000
Only former teen prodigy Freddy Adu has played a Major League Soccer game at a younger age than Canadian sensation Alphonso Davies.
The midfielder won't turn 17 until November, but is already in his second season with Vancouver Whitecap's first-team. He is also a full international and has scored three times in six appearances for Canada at senior level.