DespiteLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still delivering solid displays with their respective club and international sides, age is not on the side of the Argentine and Portuguese strikers as they advance to their mid-thirties. PSG striking duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have presented their candidacy as natural heirs to the throne but who will follow in their footsteps?
In a four part series, we take a look at twenty exciting prospects from around the world, with each player being 20 years-old or celebrating their twentieth birthday during 2020. All, we feel are solid candidates to stake a future place in the global footballing elite.
After trials with Boca Juniors and Real Madrid, Álvarez ended up joining the Nuñez based side River Plate before breaking into the first team in October 2018. The striker’s debut in the Copa Libertadores came at the Santiago Bernabéu where CONMEBOL decreed the second leg of the 2018 final would be staged after disruption ahead of the original second leg at El Monumental. The forward has also represented Argentina at U-20 level in the Sud Americana where Argentina ended runners-up and at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland where Alvarez featured in four games as the ‘Albiceleste’ fell in the Round of 16 to Mali on penalty kicks. The River No. 9 was recently on target for River as they secured the Argentine Cup beating Central Cordoba with Álvarez bagging the third.