Picking a Starting XI of the Most Talented Top Level Footballers Born in 1997

You wanna know how old we're all getting? The guys from this team are turning 20 this year, that's how old we're all getting. Here's a starting eleven of the best players born in 1997! Birthday: April 3, 1997 Ah, Gabriel Jesus...If it wasn't for that injury, he would probably still beasting and feasting in the Premier League, bringing some serious trouble in Sergio Agüero's life. The Brazilian wonderkid, described by most as Brazil's future, is also an example of precociousness: three goals...

GK: Bartłomiej Drągowski (Poland, Fiorentina)

Birthday: August 19, 1997

To be honest, there's not a lot of good, very young goalkeepers. Well, there's Gianluigi Donnarumma, but he's born in 1999 so he doesn't count here. 

As of 1997, the goalkeeper for this year's team would be Fiorentina's and Poland Bartłomiej Drągowski. The young keeper arrived in Italy from Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok last summer, after two entire seasons as his team's first goalkeeper. He entered the starting eleven during the 2013-2014 season as he was only 16, and was awarded best goalkeeper in the Ekstraklasa (Polish league) in 2014-2015. 

As Arsenal reportedly scouted him a few years ago, he's now playing at Fiorentina and is expected to take over 31-year-old Ciprian Tatarusanu pretty soon. 

Also born in 1997: Paul Bernardoni (Bordeaux)

Jesús Vallejo (Spain, Eintracht Frankfurt)

Birthday: January 5, 1997

Young players from big clubs often have trouble breaking through their club's first team, but Real Madrid's Jesús Vallejo is probably one of the most likely to do so against all the ods.

Merengues' loanee is having an awesome season in Germany, where he's a crucial 1st team player for Eintracht Frankfurt. He's played 21 league games, missing only two due to a muscle injury. 

With Pepe heading to China and Sergio Ramos not getting any younger (an any better at defending), we might expect seeing this little guy in a white shirt really soon. 

Also born in 1997: Joe Gomez (Liverpool) 

Issa Diop (France, Toulouse FC)

Birthday: January 9, 1997

Toulouse has been a breeding ground for young football talents. Among the most famous youngsters revealed by Les Violets (the Purples), the likes of Fabien Barthez, Moussa Sissoko, Étienne Capoue, Wissam Ben Yedder...

Today's young generation of toulousains seems to be lead by this little guy: Issa Diop, a 194cm centre-back who just turned 20. Toulouse, being a quite modest Ligue 1 team, tend to use their youngsters a lot, an optimal situation for Diop to grow: the boy already has more than 40 Ligue 1 games under the hood. 

He was also part of the amazing French U19 team that conquered Europe last summer alongside Jean-Kévin Augustin or Kylian Mbappé, notably scoring the 4th goal of the final.  

Also born in 1997: Jorge Meré (Sporting Gijón)

Theo Hernández (France, Deportivo Alavés)

Birthday: October 6, 1997

Growing in the shadow of his brother Lucas, who earned early and intense attention from the media after some great performances with Atlético Madrid, Theo Hernández is certainly the one having the best season in the family. 

Currently on loan to promoted club Deportivo Alavés, the left-back has been a crucial first team player for the Babazorros. With France national team cruelly lacking an undisputed left-back to succeed Patrice Evra, Theo Hernández might be an option for the future. 

Also born in 1997: Filip Benkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen)

CM: Youri Tielemans (Belgium, RSC Anderlecht)

Birthday: May 7, 1997 

FIFA Career Mode and Football Manager players fans know his name: Youri Tielemans is widely seen as one of the future best in Europe and now seems mature to undertake this status.

With 17 goals in 38 goals in all competitions with Anderlecht this season, the central midfielder, although more of a defensive profile, proves he's one of the most complete and talented young players in the world as he's about to turn 20 this year. 

He's expected to leave Jupiler League this season, and lots of clubs already knocked on Anderlecht's door to get their player's signature on a contract. 

Also born in 1997: Christopher Nkunku (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Bentacur (Boca Juniors), Maxime Lopez (Olympique de Marseille), Gedion Zelalem (VVV-Venlo)

Renato Sanches (Portugal, Bayern München)

Birthday: August 18, 1997

Euro 2016 best young player and 2016 Golden Boy was the one to watch this season, as he completed a big move to Bayern Munich last summer. 

But although his talent is undeniable, Renato Sanches is struggling to break through the German champions' first team. Injuries got him started on the wrong foot and not-so-convincing performances made his season even worse. 

Also born in 1997: Gerson (AS Roma), Amadou Diawara (SSC Napoli) Rúben Neves (FC Porto), Ante Corić (Dinamo Zagreb)

AMR: Emre Mor (Turkey, Borussia Dortmund)

Birthday: July 24, 1997 

The Turkish wonderkid was a surprise signing from Borussia Dortmund last summer, and we did not expect to see much of him this season. But as of today, Emre Mor is probably Dortmund's player with the most impressive progression alongside Ousmane Dembélé. 

The short young winger (1.69m) impresses with his blistering pace and dazzling dribbling and skills. 

Also born in 1997: Oliver Burker (RB Leipzig), Malcom (Girondins de Bordeaux)

AML: Ousmane Dembélé (France, Borussia Dortmund)

Birthday: May 15, 1997

We did not really expect Ousmane Dembélé to perform so high, so fast after only playing one complete professional season with Stade Rennais in Ligue 1. But he's seems to have that little thing that only the biggest talents have: greatness. 

The new French international, who was recently designated best young player in Europe by the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport, already scored 7 and assisted 16 in 36 games in all competitions.

A performance that got him right into Borussia Dormtund's starting eleven.

Also born in 1997: Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad)

RW: Breel Embolo (Switzerland, Schalke 04)

Birthday: February 14, 1997

Currently in development training after a very serious tibia injury that already had him missing 29 games with Schalke 04, Breel Embolo is still considered one of the most exciting youngsters in European football. 

This injury came only a few weeks after Embolo discovered the Bundesliga as he completed his transfer last summer from Basel FC. The Swiss striker just had two very convincing seasons with Basel, with 30 goals in 82 games in all competitions.

Also born in 1997: Jean-Kévin Augustin (Paris Saint-Germain), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax Amsterdam)

LW: Marcus Rashford (England, Manchester United)

Birthday: October 31, 1997

Marcus Rashford was introduced to professional football just a year ago, making his groundbreaking debut with a brace against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, dethroning George Best as the youngest Manchester United player to score in European competition. 

Now that was a year ago. What happened since then? 

Long story short: he's notched over 50 appearances in all competitions with Man Utd already, became the youngest player in PL history to score a brace (and that was for his Premier League debut), got a call from Roy Hodgson and scored for his first game with the Three Lions and even made the list that ended up being beaten up by Iceland in the Euros. 

A symbol of his precociousness? The guy played with the senior English national team even before he played with the U-21.

Also born in 1997: Enes Ünal (FC Twente)

CF: Gabriel Jesus (Brazil, Manchester City)

Birthday: April 3, 1997

Ah, Gabriel Jesus...If it wasn't for that injury, he would probably still beasting and feasting in the Premier League, bringing some serious trouble in Sergio Agüero's life. 

The Brazilian wonderkid, described by most as Brazil's future, is also an example of precociousness: three goals and one assist in his first four games with Manchester City, he conquered Pep Guardiola's and Manchester City fans' hearts faster than anyone else. 

Can't wait to see him back in action. 

Also born in 1997: Borja Mayoral (VfL Wolfsburg)

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