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NxGn 2018: Evaluating Europe’s biggest talents

29 March 2018
Justin Kluivert (Ajax) has received the NxGn 2018 award after finishing top of the Goal.com list of the best players in the world born on or after January 1, 1999. Remiqz has evaluated Kluivert's election based on our Euro Player Index and found that 8 players probably deserve this award more than the Dutchman.

The Euro Player Index (EPI) is derived from the renowned Euro Club Index ranking of European clubs and shows the individual contribution of each player to the team performance. By measuring the changes in odds ratios when each player is on the pitch during every match, we can compare the quality of players across different clubs and competitions.

Based on the EPI of all players born on or after January 1, 1999, Kluivert ranks 9th with a score of 2.943. The current top-5 of the EPI ranking consists of Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan, 3.587), Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 3.467), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea, 3.354), Reiss Nelson (Arsenal, 3.256), and Dan-Axel Zagadou (Borussia Dortmund, 3.209). Excluding players from the Big-5 competitions, Kluivert ranks second after Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham, 3.087) and slightly ahead of teammate Matthijs de Ligt (2.765).

How good are these talents currently? The best player in the world according to Remiqz is Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) with an EPI of 6.603. The top-100 is concluded by Adrien Rabiot (PSG, 4.352). Last year’s NxGn winner Donnarumma currently ranks 322nd in the total list of over 21,000 players and is already in the top-30 of goalkeepers.

Next year, only players born on or after the turn of the century are eligible to win the NxGn award. Based on current performances, Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) and Phil Foden (Manchester City) are the ones to keep an eye out for.

(Photos by Pro Shots)