Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has made the top ten in Goal’s NxGn 2020 list, counting down the top 50 football talents born on or after 1 January 2001.
The 18-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano FC last summer for £6million, has thoroughly impressed at the North London club since his arrival.
With 10 goals and four assists from 26 Gunners appearances, he has become the first teenage goalscorer to reach double figures for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99.
Indeed, Martinelli has already been linked to Real Madrid, the Daily Star claiming that Zinedine Zidane was considering a summer move for a player believed to have the ability to “lead their line for years to come”.
However, Arsenal aren’t likely to entertain offers for Martinelli any time soon, the outlet claiming that the Gunners coaches have been left “stunned” by Martinelli’s progress at the Emirates Stadium and they believe he could become a “future superstar”.
The NxGn 2020 list seems to think so as well, naming the teenager sixth in the list.
“As well as being a composed finisher, the 18-year-old Brazilian is also an industrious striker, with Arsenal coach Freddie Ljungberg enthusing that Martinelli is “like a Duracell bunny” that never gives defenders a moment’s peace,” wrote Goal.
“Ronaldinho, meanwhile, has compared his compatriot to Ronaldo and the first teenager to hit double figures for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99 certainly seems destined for superstardom.”
Despite not turning 19 until June, Martinelli has proven he’s a cut above and has been one of Arsenal’s most impressive performers this season.
To be linked with Real Madrid despite having only been on showcase at his new club for half a season speaks volumes as to how much talent and potential he has.
However, why would Arsenal part ways with a player who is being increasingly tipped to go on and become one of the football superstars of the future?