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Gavi signs new Barcelona deal: Who are the most valuable teenage players?

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Pablo ‘Gavi’ Gavira has officially signed a new long-term deal at Barcelona.

The club made the news public on Wednesday morning following the 2-0 defeat away at Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Gavi has extended his stay at Barcelona until 2026 and an enormous €1 billion release clause has been inserted into the contract.

The 18-year-old sensation is already regarded as one of the best midfielders in world football and has established himself as a regular in the Spain national team.

Back in June, the country’s manager Luis Enrique heaped praise on Gavi after his dazzling displays in the UEFA Nations League.

“He’s like an erupting volcano,” the former Barcelona boss said. “It’s very difficult not to fall in love with Gavi. Any fan wants to see him play.”

Yeah, the footballing world is Gavi’s oyster right now and it’s scary to think how good he may be in his absolute prime.

Gavi in action with the Spain national teamMALAGA, SPAIN – JUNE 12: Pablo Paez Ga of Spain looks on during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 2 match between Spain and Czech Republic at La Rosaleda Stadium on June 12, 2022 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

So, with Gavi’s contract extension now made official by Barcelona, we’ve decided to take a look at the other youngsters currently lighting up world football.

Using Transfermarkt, we’ve worked out the most valuable teenage XI on the planet.

What surprised us is the fact that Gavi is currently only the fifth-most valuable teenage footballer, although it further highlights that the future of the game is in very, very safe hands.

Let’s take a look at the team in full…

Barcelona duo Ansu Fati & GaviBARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 17: Ansu Fati and Pablo Martin Paez Gaviria ‘Gavi’ of FC Barcelona look on during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on October 17, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The most valuable teenage XI in world football

GK | Gabriel Slonina, 18 (Chicago Fire FC) – £6.75 million

RB | Tino Livramento, 19 (Southampton) – £22.50 million

CB | Castello Lukeba, 19 (Lyon) – £18.00 million

CB | Giorgio Scalvini, 18 (Atalanta) – £9.00 million

LB | Destiny Udogie, 19 (Udinese, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur) – £15.30 million

CM | Jude Bellingham, 19 (Borussia Dortmund) – £72.00 million

CM | Pedri, 19 (Barcelona) – £72.00 million

CM | Gavi, 18 (Barcelona) – £54.00 million

AM | Florian Wirtz, 19 (Bayer Leverkusen) – £63.00 million

AM | Jamal Musiala, 19 (Bayern Munich) – £58.50 million

ST | Ansu Fati, 19 (Barcelona) – £54.00 million

Total value: £445.05 million

The most valuable teenage XI in the world

What. A. Team.

The fact Barcelona have three of the most valuable teenage footballers on the planet right now is a clear indication that their future is set to be an incredibly bright one.

From a Premier League perspective, only one player currently operating in the division makes the cut in Livramento and…

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