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The next big things: how many Irish in 100 best soccer starlets?

Renowned Spanish magazine Don Balon has predicted the stars of tomorrow.

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Don Balon has released it’s much-anticipated list, predicting the next 100 soccer superstars.

The Spanish football magazine has cultivated an excellent reputation within the game for foreseeing the up-and-coming generation of top players.

There’s only two rules:

1. players must be born after January 1, 1989

2. they have to be pretty good at football

So how many are Boys in Green? Well… I’ll put the Irish names in a bold font:

Ben Sahar (Hapoel Tel Aviv0), Bojan (FC Barcelone), Bo-Kyung Kim (Oita Trinita) Ryad Boudebouz (Sochaux), Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City), Breno (Bayern), Sergio Canales (Real Madrid), Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez (Standard), Luc Castaignos (Feyenoord), Diego Contento (Bayern), Phillippe Coutinho (Internazionale), Dominic Adiyiah (Reggina), Toby Alderweireld (Ajax), Hamdan Al Kamali (Al Wahda), Jano Ananidze (Spartak Moscow), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina), Holger Badstuber (Bayern), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), David De Gea (Atlético de Madrid), Alvaro Domínguez (Atlético Madrid), Giovanni dos Santos (Tottenham), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Gueïda Fofana (Le Havre), Paulo Henrique (Santos), Giuliano (Internacional), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Mario Götze (Dortmund), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Eden Hazard (Lille), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Markus Henriksen (Rosenborg), Abel Hernández (Palermo), Ander Herrera (Zaragoza), Lewis Holtby (Mainz), James Rodriguez (Porto), Stefan Jovetic (Fiorentina), Vaclav Kadlec (Sparta Prague), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Gael Kakuta (Chelsea), Alan Kardec (Benfica), Simon Kjaer (Wolfsburg), Maksim Koval (Dinamo Kiev), Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas), Toni Kroos (Bayern), Manuel Lanzini (River Plate), Adem Ljajic (Fiorentina, Dejan Lovren (Lyon), Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht), Lukman Haruma (Monaco), Federico Macheda (Manchester United), Guido Marilungo (Sampdoria), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys), Thomas Müller (Bayern), Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao), Marc Muniesa (Barcelona), Ezequiel Muñoz (Palermo), Yann Mvila (Rennes), Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscou), Neymar (Santos), Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos), Nikolas N’Koulou (Monaco), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Alexandre Pato (Milan), Pablo Piatti (Almería), Miralem Pjanic (Lyon), Rafael (Manchester United), Yaroslav Rakytskiy (Shakhtar), Diego Renan (Cruzeiro), Marco Reus (Mönchengladbach), Emmanuel Rivière (Saint-Etienne), Jack Rodwell (Everton), José Rondón (Málaga), Victor Ruiz (Espanyol), Mamadou Sakho (PSG) Davide Santon (Internazionale), Georgy Shennikov (CSKA Moscow), Xherdan Shaqiri (Basel), Harmeet Singh (Vålerenga), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse), Robin Soder (Göteborg), Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahçe),Yannis Tafer (Toulouse) , Thiago (Barcelona), Jelle Vossen (Genk),  Ante Vukusic (Hadjuk Split), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Vladimir Weiss (Rangers), Georginio Wijnaldum (Feyenoord), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Danny Wilson (Liverpool), Siyanda Xulu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dinamo Kiev), Sercan Yildirim (Bursaspor), Lacina Traoré (Cluj),  Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (Utrecht),  Carlos Vela (Arsenal).

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