Football Manager (FM) 2021-Top 10 Wonderkids in Football 2021

Having one of the the best football managers in the world at the helm of your club is a certain guarantee to winning trophies. Clubs can have the best players around, but without the right heads to direct them, they will surely be chasing a lost cost.

Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for the last decade, catering away every major individual honours and trophy. But in line with nature’s cycle and with both players approaching their retirement, there’s no better time for the wonderkids to take over.

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Mbappe and Erling Haaland have been bigged and billed by fans and viewers to pick that gauntlet and shoulder the mettle. However, both star forwards are not the only youngsters to watch in the coming years. Joao Felix, Vinicius Jr and probably Kai Havertz are players already shouldering responsibilities at a young age.

Chelsea’s ex-rookie manager, Frank Lampard, hammered that into the heads of football fans worldwide when he couldn’t lead a squad revamped by over €200 million in one window. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho showed the tactical nous of a good manager when he led underdogs, Porto, to Champions League glory in 2004.

Another legendary gaffer, referred to as one of the best managers in the world is Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine famously led Leeds United back to the top flight in 2020 within two years of taking the reigns, following a 16-year absence.

So with this pertinence ascertained, here is the updated list of the best Football Manager (FM) 2021  with Wonderkids perception

Best football Managers In the World 2021

10. Carlo Ancelotti

Nationality: Italian

Current Club: Everton

Everton are one of the most ambitious clubs in England, who have regularly displayed their desperation to break into the league’s big six or form a spin-off seven. In expressing their ambition, they signed much-maligned Hale academy graduate, Alex Iwobi, as a marquee signing in 2019.

Despite this, they have been perceived as pretenders until Carlo Ancelotti agreed to take the reigns of the blue half of Merseyside. As expected, the progress has not been instantaneous , but has been largely significant.

This improvement was epitomised by their cleansheet win over fierce neighborhood rivals, Liverpool, a first since 1999. Carlo is the second oldest on this list of the best managers in the world.

9. Thomas Tuchel

Nationality: German

Current Club: Chelsea

Best managers in the world

The French Ligue 1 might the most one-sided league in Europe, but Mauricio Pochettino’s struggles at Paris Saint-Germain has corrected that it is still no cakewalk.

Tuchel is one of the finest tactician in the game, with his ex-players ascertaining that he has one of the most stringent training exercises, despite the size of the club. Now at Chelsea, he has succeeded in fixing a broken and leaky defense with just the snap of his fingers.

In 2020, he directed PSG to their first ever Champions League final, but lost to high-flying Bayern.

8. Zinedine Zidane

Nationality: French

Current Club: Real Madrid

Prior to his emergence, no club had ever won the revamped Champions League in consecutive campaigns. Well that record stood only long enough until Zidane landed in the Spanish capital. He not only set his own record, but extended it to three on the bounce. When he finally decided to look away from the flagship competition, his eyes became fixated on the league, subsequently winning the domestic title in 2020.

Despite being under 50, he is indisputable one of the best managers in the world.

7. Didier Deschamps

Nationality: French

Current Club: France

Getting to the top is one thing, remaining there via regular consistent results is another. When France won the World Cup in 2018, they had reached an acme and had to begin a new cycle. In keeping up with the new achievements, Les Blues have shouldered the subsequent responsibilities with enviable aplomb.

They have lost just two competitive games since the Finales, succeeding in blooding in the new generation youngsters with the more established guns. All this is down to one of the best managers in the world, Deschamps.

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6. Jose Mourinho

Nationality: Portuguese

Current Club: Tottenham

Best managers in the world

Jose Mourinho has profusely tried in recent times to reiterate reasons why he was nicknamed the ‘Special One’, but in realistic truth, the former Chelsea, Madrid and Inter boss is living on past glory.

However, it is pertinent to note that 2021 marks only his first full season with Spurs and he still has ample time to deliver the ultimate goal, a long overdue trophy. His course has not been aided, in that he is the favourite scape goat of the British media.

5. Antonio Conte

Nationality: Italian

Current Club: Inter Milan

Best managers in the world

Juventus have dominated football in Italy for the past decade, even when they have been mediocre. But they had to work their socks off in 2019 to earn the championship, as Antonio Conte announced his presence. Juventus were pushed to the wire, forced to win the title on the last day of the season, tipping Conte’s Inter by just a single point.

In his second year, and the Nerazzurri are cruising, comfortably, to a first Scudetto in over a decade.

4. Marcelo Bielsa

Nationality: Argentine

Current Club: Leeds United

Best managers in the world

Freshly promoted clubs surviving in the English top-flight is as difficult as expecting hatchlings to survive in the wild. Leeds have however rubbished this beliefs, combining some very brave football with even braver results.

Their progressive style of play has reaped dividends, as they are not only safe from relegation but are actual contenders for European football. All of this accolades can be only bestowed at the feet of one man, his name: Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine’s brilliance has been lauded to high heavens by ex-Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino, and City boss, Pep Guardiola.

His meticulousness is unrivalled in the game, as he is said to measure every blade of grass in preparation for game days. The 65-year-old is one of the greatest tactician of all time and the oldest on this list.

3. Hans-Dieter Flick

Nationality: German

Current Club: Bayern Munich

Best managers in the world

Pep Guardiola came, the great Carlo Ancelotti also arrived and left. But Bayern Munich could only boast domestic dominance in their decade of big spending and local giant status.

Enter Hansi Flick, who made over 150 professional career appearances, but never turned out for the German national team. Flick had also never managed even a second tier side, with a position as assistance, his closest proximity to top-level football management.

After the termination of Niko Kovac’s managerial career, Flick was thrown into the hot seat in the unanimous expectation of getting severely singed.

However, the 56-year-old Heidelberg-born unknown has not just survived the scalding flames, but came out unscathed with gleaming clothing. In his first season as manager of a top club, Flick won the glorious continental treble. In the process, he repeated a feat that had only been achieved once in the club’s illustrious history.

He wasn’t done though, as he added a UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup to give them their first ever sextuple. That year Flick was awarded German Football Manager of the Year by magazine, Kicker and the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year. We might just be witnessing the late bloom and emergence of one of the best managers in the world.

2. Jurgen Klopp

Nationality: German

Current Club: Liverpool

Best managers in the world

How do you describe a manager that won a club their first ever league title: World Class. And that is what Jurgen Klopp is. Although maintaining the German dominance on this list, Klopp just falls short of the winner’s crown. The 53-year-old might not be a tactical wunderkind, but he is surely the best man-manager in the world.

Popular for dishing out hugs and fist bumps like Santa Claus, Klopp is one of the most motivating managers to work with. Astute at dealing with the media and press, Klopp has channeled this ability into success.

The German certified his status as one of the best managers in the world by winning 4 MAJOR titles between 2019 and 2020, consisting the continental treble.

Although Liverpool have dominated English football at some point in the past under several managers, Jurgen has been billed as the club’s greatest coach of all time.

1. Pep Guardiola

Nationality: Spanish

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Current Club: Manchester City

Best managers in the world

Although the Premier League is renowned as the most competitive league in the world, Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens have monopolized and dominated it in the past few years. They have won two of the last 3 championships, with every passing matchweek becoming likely that they add a third to their cabinet in 2021.

But is it really the brilliance of their manager or ability of the players? Well the statistics speak for itself as 50% of their title wins have come under the bald genius.

The manager has so rejigged his side that five different players scored 10+ goals in 2019/20, the first time in Premier League history.

Best Managers in the World 2021 Recap

Here is a simplified list of the best managers in the world for 2021.

10. Carlo Ancelotti

9. Thomas Tuchel

8. Zinedine Zidane

7. Didier Deschamps

6. Jose Mourinho

5. Antonio Conte

4. Marcelo Bielsa

3. Hans-Dieter Flick

2. Jurgen Klopp

1. Pep Guardiola

Additionally, here is a full  list of the best wonderkids in football with the highest potentials. The article considered only players born in the 21st century.

Best Wonderkids in the World

10. Florian Wirtz – Bayer Leverkusen

In the same vein that wunderkind Kai Havertz rose to prominence, the German who took his place is enjoying from the club’s inclination towards youth.

Wirtz was once Bundesliga youngest ever goalscorer and is Leverkusen’s current youngest. The 2003-born wonderkid is the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score five goals before the age of 18, and has further extended that record.

Wirtz is an attacking midfielder with a keen eye for a good pass, contributing to over 13 goals in his debut season.

9. Rodrygo – Real Madrid

Although yet to flourish, it is easy to forget that Rodrygo was born in the 2000s. Real Madrid had so much fate in the Brazilian that they splashed €45 million to acquire his services.

The youngster is a Champions League specialist, contributing to 7 goals in his first season in Europe. Rodrygo who is a right-winger is one of South America‘s most promising wonderkids.

8. Mason Greenwood – Manchester United

A two-footed maestro, Manchester United’s. Mason Greenwood is one of the top rated youngsters in the Premier League. In 2019, his first full senior campaign, Greenwood became the club’s youngest scorer in European competition. He ended the season with 19 goals and 3 assists.

7. Bukayo Saka – Arsenal

Arsenal’s Hale Academy was once the pinnacle and foundation around which the success of Arsene Wenger’s early tenure was built. The academy has however crumbled under the heavy weight of the club, being left behind in recent years.

However, the emergence of Bukayo Saka has pumped a new sense of hope into the hearts of the club hierarchy and fans.

The left-footed Englishman is able to play at left-back, left midfield, left winger or a right winger, making him one of the most versatile wonderkids on this list.

He is the second youngest player in history to accrue 50 appearances for the gunners. The player of Nigerian descent made a record 11 assists in his first ever senior campaign.

6. Eduardo Camavinga – Stade Rennes

Camavinga plays for Rennes, the lowest ranked club on this list of top wonderkids and was born on November 10, 2002. Camavinga has made over 60 appearances for his club over the last two seasons.

He is the club’s youngest ever professional and famously starred in an historical win for Rennes against Champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Although born in Angola, Camavinga is already a full France International. The young star is the country’s youngest international and scorer in over 100 years.

5. Pedri – Barcelona

With a single name that every Brazilian would savour, Pedri is tipped as the future of Spanish and Barcelona football along with Ansu Fati. A player likened to the legendary Andres Iniesta, he is the most valuable central midfielder in the world.

The midfielder is also the youngest goalscorer in Las Palmas history before joining Barcelona.

4. Phil Foden – Manchester City

It is not very often that a teenager, especially the product of the academy, gets to be a guaranteed starter for City. Phil Foden is one of those rare cases where the mega rich Manchester City have looked inward to unearth a world class talent. One of the top wonderkids in the history of the Premier League, Foden has made over 100 club appearances for the first team.

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The BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year is a winner of the golden ball award at the U-17 FIFA World Cup. Born on May 28, 2020, Foden’s achievement include:

  • Youngest recipient of a Premier League winners’ medal
  • Manchester City’s youngest-ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League
  • Youngest English player to start in Knockout stages of the UCL
  • Youngest English player to score in the knockout stages of the UCL

3. Alphonso Davies – Bayern Munich

The Roadrunner, as he was nicknamed by teammate Thomas Muller, Canadian wonderkid, Alphonso Davies is the fastest player in the history of the Bundesliga. The Canadian youngster is the first player born in the 2000s to play in America’s Major League Soccer.

2020’s Bundesliga Rookie of the Season, Davies was an instrumental figure in Bayern’s run to an historic continental treble. He is one of the highest rated wonderkids in North America.

His achievements include:

  • Youngest player to appear for the Canadian men’s national team
  •  Youngest player to score for the Canadian men’s national team
  • Youngest Player to score at the CONCACAF Gold Cup
  •  First player born in the 2000s to score at a top level international tournament

2. Ansu Fati – Barcelona

When Barcelona where rolling in the mire of poor form and bad results, they looked for a hero and found it in the body of a then 17-year-old: Ansu Fati.

2002-born Fati is a Spanish player who plays for Barcelona and is a wonderkid tipped for great things. The player became an integral member of the team in 2020, scoring 7 goals in 11 starts from the wings. In the 20/21 league season, he started like a house on fire scoring 4 in 6 starts before the back load of games ran him to the ground.

On his road to prominence, Fati has broken several records and engraved his own.


  • Second-youngest Barcelona debutant
  • Barcelona’s youngest goalscorer ever
  • La Liga’s third-youngest scorer
  • Barcelona’s Youngest UCL participant
  • Third Youngest Champions League participant
  • Youngest Scorer in Champions League
  • Youngest Brace scorer La Liga
  • Scored Barcelona’s 9000th club goal
  • First Player to Score 2+ Goals in UCL before 18
  • Youngest El-Classico Scorer
  • Spain’s Youngest Ever Scorer
  • Youngest Starter in UEFA Nations League

1. Erling Braut Haaland – Dortmund

The phenomenon. Haaland might have been born in the 2000s but he already has over 70 senior goals, with 57 percent of those coming for the national team and the German top-flight.

The player known for his pace, strength, finishing, elite instincts and confidence is rated among the best strikers in current clime despite his young age.

The Golden Boy winner has several impressive achievements to his name including:

  • First teenager to score in five consecutive UEFA Champions League matches
  • Second teenager to score ten goals in UCL
  • Scored record nine goals in single World Cup game
  • Eliteserien Breakthrough of the Year
  • Most Goals scored in first three UCL games
  • Second player in Bundesliga history to score hattrick
  • First Player to Score Five goals in first two Bundesliga games
  • First Player to Score Seven goals in first three Bundesliga games
  • Fastest player to reach Five goals in Bundesliga
  • Fastest player to record fifteen to twenty UEFA Champions League goals
  • First Player to score multiple times in four consecutive UEFA Champions League appearance

Top 10 Wonderkids in the World 2021

For easy reading, here is a recap of the best wonderkids in the world in 2021

10. Florian Wirtz

9. Rodrygo

8. Mason Greenwood

7. Bukayo Saka

6. Eduardo Camavinga

5. Pedri

4. Phil Foden

3. Alphonso Davies

2. Ansu Fati

1. Erling Haaland


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