(CNN) — With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the twilight of their careers, football fans are fretting about the deep hole the pair will depart in the game once they retire.
But despite their inevitable death emerging on the horizon, the game seems to be in safe hands as a number of the world’s most promising stars shone to their teams across Europe’s leading leagues this weekend.
A number of the best performances came in Joao Felix, Kai Havertz and precocious 16-year-old talent Eduardo Camavinga.
Angolan adolescent Camavinga — appearing in just his 10th mature match for Ligue 1 side Rennes — played with a starring role at the victory over Beats Paris Saint-Germain, helping for Romain Del Castillo to go home to winner.
Following several breakthrough games last season, his performances that term have really started to turn heads because Rennes narrowly lost to PSG from the Champions’ Trophy and opened its own Ligue 1 campaign with all back-to-back wins.
Camavinga was born in Angola and proceeded at age two, reports L’Equipe. He had been seen by Rennes playing soccer in Foug??res, 50 kilometers from the city, at the age of 13.
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He signed his first professional contract with Rennes in December andin an attempt to tie his future at the club a little longerhe signed an extension this week until 2022.
Though a native of Angola, L’Equipe state Camavinga is in the process of becoming a French citizen with a view to playing for the national team.
Before Sunday’s win over PSG, Rennes manager Julien St??phan warned of the vulnerability — and following necessary protection — Camavinga will require.
“Exposed, since if he repeats the sort of performance that he attained against Montpellier (1-0 in the opening day)he has chances to choose a greater position in the group,” Stephan clarified.
“But also protected, since he is not yet seventeen years old, he is still building himself on a muscle amount and he has not experienced a Ligue 1 string of matches with the intensity it requires yet.”
Camavinga was on the receiving end of numerous cynical fouls from frustrated PSG gamers — most of who cost tens of million of dollars who seldom got anywhere near the ball if it had been in his toes.
He might be tall for a 16-year-old — standing at six foot but Camavinga’s frame is slight, although it is not part of the match his boss concerns about.
“He’s a really well-built individual,” Stephan said following the physical game. “Who knows how to challenge himself, that knows the way to do the perfect thing.
“He has quite an interesting game, I will need to deal with this. I will talk to him so that he can develop in conditions of serenity.”
Felix’s flair
In Spain, Felix revealed no indications of being weighed down by his own hefty $142 million price tag as his dance feet conducted Getafe’s defense ragged.
Diego Simeone made the teenager the fifth most expensive player ever in summer time but so much the Benfica academy merchandise appears worth every penny.
After getting man of the game recognition at the 7-3 pre-season demolition of town rival Real Madrid, Felix started his La Liga career with a performance which showcased his immense ability.
Atleti’s new registering Kieran Trippier spanned for Alvaro Morata to head home the opening goal, until Felix’s trickery — a run which began with a nutmeg in his own half — won a penalty in the next period.
Morata didn’t convert but Atletico held for victory at the very first attempt from the post-Antoine Griezmann era.
Kai excels for Bayer
Bayer Leverkusen celebrity Kai Havertz is now used to breaking documents.
In 2016 he became the youngest debutant at Bundesliga history; at 2018 that he became the youngest player to make 50 Bundesliga looks; and final season he hit 17 aims to become the top scoring teenager in a Bundesliga season.
After narrowly missing out on the player of the year award for Marco Reus, reports suggested several of Europe’s leading clubs would try and prize Bayer’s star possession away.
But the 20-year-old stays in the club and scored a beautiful chip in Saturday’s opening-day 3-2 victory over Paderborn, getting the second greatest player ever before to achieve 25 Bundesliga targets.
Big things are called of the youngster this season, who appears more than likely to reevaluate his own performances in the last year.
Timeless talent
Though this guide might be on the stars of the future, a word has to visit 38-year-old Aritz Aduriz — the veteran striker who has been defy Father Time.
Playing in his final season of professional soccer, he came off the bench for Athletic Club with two minutes remaining in the opening match of their La Liga season.
But two moments were all that he needed, scoring a magnificent bicycle kick to inflict the opening-day defeat on Barcelona.
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