Europe’s next generation of football stars shine across the continent

(CNN) — With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the majority of their careers, soccer fans are fretting about the gaping hole the set will leave in the game as soon as they retire.
But despite their inevitable departure emerging on the horizon, the game seems to be in safe hands because a few of the world’s most promising stars shone to their teams across Europe’s top leagues that weekend.
Some of the best performances came from Joao Felix, Kai Havertz and precocious 16-year-old talent Eduardo Camavinga.
Angolan teenager Camavinga — emerging in only his 10th mature match for Ligue 1 side Rennes — played with a starring role at the victory over powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, assisting for Romain Del Castillo to head home to champion.
After several breakthrough games last season, his performances this expression have really started to turn heads because Rennes narrowly lost to PSG in the Champions’ Trophy and opened its own Ligue 1 campaign with back-to-back wins.
Camavinga moved at age two and was born in Angola, reports L’Equipe. He was seen by Rennes playing soccer in Foug??res, 50 km from the city.
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He even signed his first professional contract with Rennes in December andin an attempt to tie his future at the club a bit longer, signed an extension this week before 2022.
Even though a native of Angola, L’Equipe say Camavinga is in the process of becoming a French citizen with a view to playing for the national team.
Before Sunday’s triumph over PSG, Rennes manager Julien St??phan warned of the vulnerability — and following required protection — Camavinga will need.
“Exposed, because if he repeats the kind of performance that he attained against Montpellier (1-0 on the opening afternoon ), he has opportunities to take a greater position in the group,” Stephan explained.
“But also protected, because he’s not yet two years old, he’s still building himself onto a muscular level and he has not experienced a Ligue 1 series of matches together using the intensity it requires yet.”
Camavinga was on the receiving end of numerous cynical fouls from dissatisfied PSG players — most of who charge tens of thousands of thousand of dollars — who rarely got anywhere near the ball once it was in his feet.
He can be tall to get a 16-year-old — standing in foot — but Camavinga’s frame is slight, even though it is not a part of the game his boss concerns about.
“He is a very well-built individual,” Stephan said following the physical game. “Who knows how to wonder himself, who knows the way to do the perfect thing.
“He has quite an interesting game, I’m going to have to deal with it. I’ll speak to him so he can grow up in conditions of calmness”
Felix’s flair
Back in Spain, Felix showed no symptoms of being weighed down by his hefty $142 million cost as his dance feet conducted Getafe’s defense ragged.
Diego Simeone made the teenager the fifth most expensive player ever in the summer but so far the Benfica academy merchandise appears worth every penny.
After receiving man of the match recognition at the 7-3 pre-season demolition of city rival Real Madrid, Felix began his La Liga career with a performance which showcased his gigantic ability.
Atleti’s new signing Kieran Trippier spanned for Alvaro Morata to head home the opening goal, before Felix’s trickery — a streak that began with a nutmeg inside his own half won a penalty in the second period.
Morata failed to convert Atletico held on for victory at the first attempt in the post-Antoine Griezmann era.
Kai excels for Bayer
Bayer Leverkusen celebrity Kai Havertz is by now used to breaking records.
In 2016 he became the youngest debutant in Bundesliga history; at 2018 he became the youngest player to create 50 Bundesliga appearances; and final season he hit 17 goals to become the highest scoring teenager in a Bundesliga season.
After narrowly missing out to the German player of the year award to Marco Reus, reports indicated a number of Europe’s major clubs would try and trophy Bayer’s star possession away.
But the 20-year-old remains in the club and scored a delightful processor in Saturday’s opening-day 3-2 success over Paderborn, becoming the second greatest player ever before to reach 25 Bundesliga goals.
Big items are predicted of the child this year, who appears more prone to eclipse his performances from last season.
Timeless talent
Though this article may be about the celebrities of the long run, a word has to go to 38-year-old Aritz Aduriz — that the veteran striker who continues to defy Father Time.
Playing in his final season of pro football, he came off the bench for Athletic Club with two minutes remaining in the opening match of the La Liga season.
But two moments were all he had, scoring a magnificent bicycle kick to inflict an opening-day conquer Barcelona.

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