Another season of the Champions League returns as the elite sides around Europe take on each other to be crowned as the best team on the continent.
The competition is known for including the world’s best players and it also provides the opportunity for young starlets to make their mark.
Here, talkSPORT looks at five players under the age of 23 to look out for this Champions League season.
Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
Compared to Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala has become a significant part of the club’s midfield.
Musiala initially started his career in the Chelsea academy, but at the age of just 16 left to join Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, scoring 19 goals last season, including one against Lazio in the Champions League.
As a result, he became the competition’s youngest goalscorer of both English and German nationalities.
The 18-year old’s ability to exploit space slithering through opposition defences and finding the back of the net from all angles will play a vital role in Bayern Munich’s journey through the league.
Ansu Fati (Barcelona)
Despite suffering a serious knee injury last season, Fati has proven to be a sensation for Barcelona and now wears the no.10 vacated by Lionel Messi.
The 18-year-old has scored 13 goals in 41 first-team appearances for the Spanish side and has also stepped in for his native, Spain scoring once in four caps.
Fati became the youngest ever player to play for the Barcelona first team in the league at the age of 16 years and 298 days – leading to being the youngest player to score and provide an assist in LaLiga in the 5-2 win against Real Betis.
The striker’s incredible progress for club and country was halted due to his knee injury meaning.
The opening group match against Bayern Munich may seem a little too soon for Fati to appear, however his road to stardom is anything but stoppable.
Yeremi Pino (Villarreal)
Starting his career at Huracan and Las Palmas, Pino went on to sign for Villarreal in 2017 which opened opportunities for the winger in La Liga and the Europa League, scoring four goals in total for both leagues.
Having played in the 2021 Europa League final, Pino became the youngest Spanish player to start a major European final, aged 18 years and 218 days, breaking the record of Iker Casillas in the 2000 Champions League final – not to mention Pino helped Villareal beat Manchester United to win their first Europa League!
Pino reportedly had an incredible opportunity to sign for Barcelona but turned the offer down and decided to stick with his current club, Villarreal – just the idea of Barcelona being interested in the young Spaniard is a huge indication of what he is capable of.
Known for his remarkable pace and incisive dribbling allowing him to get into crucial positions inside the box to score, Pino will be a lethal asset to Villarreal placing their mark in the competition.
Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig)
Szoboszlai was one of the most sought-after players in Europe after leading Hungary to Euro 2020, scoring the last minute winning goal in the qualifying round.
Prior to signing to RB Leipzig, Dominik was planting his stardom at Red Bull Salzburg where he made his Champions League debut, scoring three goals for the Austrian side.
The 20-year-old is also on the road to becoming one of Leipzig’s essential players as he netted two consecutive goals in the second match of this season’s Bundesliga.
Described as the perfect modern-day attacking midfielder, he keeps his engine running throughout the 90 minutes – no slowing down in sight!
He has an incredible passing ability and even has a decent shooting accuracy, especially from free-kicks.
Looking for their first major European league win, RB Leipzig will definitely be depending on Dominik to control their midfield.
Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
Camavinga was heavily linked with Manchester United this past summer transfer window, however the midfielder signed with Real Madrid after leaving French club Rennes.
He has already been called up for the France national team and became the youngest debutant since 1914, when he came on aged just 17, nine months and 17 days old
The youngster stands at 6ft and is regarded as a versatile player with great amounts of pace, enabling him to effectively feature as part of an intense press.
He is also known for his tenacity and success-rate in the tackle, making him vividly noticeable in the midfield.
In the 2019/20 campaign, his breakthrough at Rennes, he attempted 105 tackles – among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, only Declan Rice (116) and Wilfred Ndidi (129) attempted more.
Camavinga is already proving his worth to boss Carlo Ancelotti, scoring just after eight minutes coming off from the bench in his LaLiga debut against Celtic Vigo.