12 2) Marquinhos: Young PSG defender moved for £27m when he was 19 – to find out which players France Football rated number one, click the arrow above – Marquinhos only turned 21 in May and like Sterling, has already moved clubs for big money. PSG paid Roma £27m for the composed Brazilian defender in 2013 and has built a good partnership with compatriots David Luiz and Thiago Silva. 6) Munir El-Haddadi: 19-year-old Barcelona forward with a €35m release clause – to find out which players France Football rated among the top five, click the arrow above – El-Haddadi was a member of the Barca U19 side that won the inaugural UEFA Youth League in 2014, scoring a spectacular goal from the halfway line in the final against Benfica. He has played for Spain’s young sides and has also made his full debut. 4) Kurt Zouma: Versatile Chelsea youngster making a name for himself – to find out which players France Football rated among the top three, click the arrow above – Chelsea signed 20-year-old Zouma in January 2014, but spent the remainder of the season on loan at St Etienne. Since becoming part of the Blues’ first team squad, the defender has also played in midfield and in addition, talkSPORT discovered he was named in honour of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s character in Kickboxer, which is pretty cool. 12 12 12 12 5) Max Meyer: The star of a new generation of footballers in Germany – to find out which players France Football rated among the top four, click the arrow above – Big things are expected of the 19-year-old Schalke midfielder, who is one of the best young prospects in Europe. He played 28 times in the Bundesliga last season and was in Germany’s European U21 squad. 12 12) Emre Can: Calls for promising 20-year-old to be made Liverpool’s captain – to find out which players France Football rated among the top 11, click the arrow above – France Football, the chaps behind the Ballon d’Or before it became the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010 have put together their 50 best players in Europe. Here, talkSPORT looks at the leading 12 none of whom are above the age of 21 who are thought to be on the verge of big things, beginning with Liverpool’s Emre Can. Fans were impressed by their German last year and his calmness has led some to label him a future captain. Also featuring are Saido Berahino (14), Ross Barkley (18) and Luke Shaw (38). 12 12 8) Bernardo Silva: 20-year-old Portugal midfielder a star in the making – to find out which players France Football rated among the top seven, click the arrow above – Silva was Man of the Match as Portugal beat England in the European U21 Championship and has been praised by former Barca and Portugal ace Deco. He’s tremendous on the ball and has a lot of confidence for someone so young, he said. What I like more about him is that he’s not afraid of taking risks and making mistakes, he added, claiming Silva has improved hugely since leaving Benfica for Monaco. 3) Raheem Sterling: Man City pay £49m for England winger’s potential – to find out which players France Football rated among the top two, click the arrow above – He’s still not done anything of note yet, but following his £49m transfer to Man City, he will be expected to shine in the Premier League and Champions League. Now is surely the time for Sterling to fulfil his huge potential. 11) Breel Embolo: 18-year-old Basel forward is already a Champions League goal scorer – to find out which players France Football rated among the top 10, click the arrow above – Embolo turned 18 earlier in the year and was one of eight players under the 18 to have scored in the Champions League when he found the back of the net against Ludogorets. The forward is a composed finisher, powerful and very fast. 10) Julian Brandt: ‘Talented’ Germany youngster has a bright future ahead – to find out which players France Football rated among the top nine, click the arrow above – Brandt has been called one of German football’s ‘most talented players’ by Rudi Voller. The 19-year-old is an exciting midfielder, who was linked to Chelsea before joining Leverkusen from Wolfsburg in 2013. 12 12 12 7) Martin Odegaard: At 16, the attacking midfielder already played for the Real Madrid first team – to find out which players France Football rated among the top six, click the arrow above – In the end, Real Madrid won the race for Odegaard, the talented Norwegian, who moved to Spain in January. In May he became the youngest Liga debutant in Real’s history when he replaced Cristiano Ronaldo against Getafe at the age of 16 years and 157 days old. 9) Alen Halilovic: Barcelona whizz-kid can dazzle with the ball at this feet – to find out which players France Football rated among the top eight, click the arrow above – The talented Croatian was coveted by many clubs before joining Barcelona in May 2014. He made his Dinamo Zagreb debut at the age of 16 and now he is 19, Halilovic may look to move on loan somewhere an gain first team experience. He is quick, very attack minded and his control of the ball is mesmerising at times. 12 France Football, the chaps behind the Ballon d’Or before it became the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010 have put together their 50 best players in Europe.Here, talkSPORT looks at the top 12 featuring Liverpool midfielder Emre Can and former winger Raheem Sterling.CONFIRMED: MAN CITY SIGN RAHEEM STERLINGBoth are still finding their feet in football, but there is no doubt of their huge potential, which is reflected in France Football’s list.11 PLAYERS CHEAPER THAN £49M MAN STERLINGClick the arrow above, right, to see the list. 1) Memphis Depay: Talented 21-year-old snapped up by Man United for £25m – Depay had a fantastic final season in the Netherlands, scoring 22 goals in 30 Eredivisie matches for champions PSV. Man United decided to gamble on the 21-year-old and will hope he can go on to become a great player.