Check out the only Nigerian listed by UEFA as top 50 stars of the future

According to a report by European football governing body UEFA, Villarreal’s Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze has been listed among the top 50 youngsters that will become household names by the year 2020. Chukwueze made the shortlist alongside Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and his Moroccan teammate Achraf Hakimi, Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid and Gelson Fernandes of Portugal.

Chukwueze, who has been likened to Bayern Munich and former Netherlands star, Arjen Robben, has been in good form in the Spanish Liga and UEFA Europa League this term with his skills and aggressive play for Villarreal. The 19-year-old broke into Villarreal’s first team this season after impressing with the B team and has so far scored four goals from 13 outings in all competitions this campaign.

While his contract is due to expire at the end of the season, Chukwueze is currently attracting interest from several teams, according to his agent Johnny Ogbah. The teenager has recently been linked with Arsenal where Alex Iwobi stars as well as Leicester City which also has a couple of Super Eagles stars in Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. In fact, the 2015 FIFA under-17 World Cup winner with Nigeria came close to joining Arsenal in 2016 before eventually signing for Villarreal from Nigeria’s Diamond Academy in August 2017.

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Other players listed by UEFA include Arijanet Muric of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur’s Oliver Skipp, Arsenal duo Reiss Nelson (on loan at Hoffenheim) and Smith-Rowe, CSKA’s Fedor Chalov, Luka Jovic, Ozan Kabak, Florian Müller, Stanley N’Soki, Dani Olmo, Ricard Puig, Ionuț Radu, Javier Sanchez, Ismaïla Sarr, Ilzat Akhmetov, Emil Audero, Nicolo Barella, Rafa Camacho, Giorgi Chakvetadze, Alphonso Davies, Merih Demiral, Moussa Diaby, Joao Félix, Arnaut Groeneveld, Robert Gumny, Ianis Sander Berge, Josip Brekalo, Hagi, Amadou Haidara, Kai Havertz, and Luka Ivanusec.