Exciting young football players to watch at the 2016 Rio Olympics that you may not know.

Mexico – Hirving Lozano

 

The 21-year-old Mexican forward, who is currently plying his trade for Primera Division side CF Pachuca, is one of brightest young talent from the South American country. His performances for the Mexican side has led to him being linked to a move towards Manchester United and his form has shown no signs of diminishing with him already having scored two goals in two league games in the new season. His exciting wing play, coupled with his devastating pace and scoring ability (he scored 12 goals last season) makes him a nightmare for any defence and Mexico will certainly be looking to him to produce moments of magic.

HIrving Lozano

 

Brazil – Gabriel Barbosa

The young Brazilian has amassed 152 total appearances for Santos; scoring 56 goals in the process and has done all this despite being only 19. Making his debut for Santos at the age of 16, he has featured regularly for Santos and has already made his senior international debut for Brazil with a tally of 2 goals in 4 appearances. His performances in the Brazilian league have not gone unnoticed, with a host of European clubs including the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal looking to secure his services while Juventus has rumoured to have already made contact with the player. With the transfer window still open, the Olympic games could be a good platform for the player to showcase his talents to potential suitors.

 

Gabrriel Barbosa
SANTOS, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 05: Gabriel of Santos celebrates scoring the second goal during the match between Santos and Cruzeiro for Copa do Brasil 2014 at Vila Belmiro Stadium on November 5, 2014 in Santos, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

 

Brazil – Felipe Anderson

A player that is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in Europe, whom Manchester United were reportedly willing to pay up to £47 million for, is mostly likely going to be a key player for the Brazilian side and definitely one to watch. Primarily plying his trade on the wing, his versatility means can also play as a forward or as an attacking midfielder.  Being technically gifted and having tremendous pace allows him to be an attacking threat by contributing goals to the team or creating chances. Last season, he had a return of 7 goals and 5 assists in 30 league appearances for Lazio. These attributes and his eye for goal will definitely prove to be pivotal to the Brazilian team in the Rio Olympics.

Felipe Anderson

Argentina – Jonathan Calleri

The player, who recently signed a loan deal with West Ham United, is regarded as one of the most talented young striker in South America and has already amassed 120 senior appearances for clubs such as Boca Juniors and more recently Sao Paolo, scoring 45 goals in the process. With his strong finishing abilities, he will most certainly be leading the line for Argentina this summer in the Rio Olympics and hopefully can show his worth to Slaven Bilic for the coming Premier League season.

Jonathan Calleri

Germany – Julian Brandt

The German winger is definitely one to watch this summer due to his standout performances for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. The Bundesliga wonder kid showcased his talents last season which also included scoring in six consecutive games in the Bundesliga, being the youngest player to do so. In total he amassed 9 goals and 3 assists for the German side last season. He showcased his free kick ability against Werder Bremen last season, curling a beautiful ball in to the net. He was named in the 27-man provisional squad for the 2016 World Cup but was unfortunate not to make the final cut but he can now look forward to showcasing his talent for the national side in the Rio Olympics.

Julian Brandt

Germany – Maximilian Meyer

At the age of 20, he has already amassed over 100 appearances for Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga and was linked with a £28 million move to Liverpool. Meyer has the playing experience and capabilities to be one of the standout performers at the Rio Olympics with his fast dribbling abilities from midfield often leading to comparisons to Messi. He has regularly featured for Schalke 04 since making his debut in 2013. Contributing 5 goals and 6 assists last season, as well as averaging a respectable 1.4 key passes a game means he will be the creative force for Germany at the Olympics this summer and certainly one to watch.

Meyer

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