This list of the top 30 young footy stars from 2001 makes for interesting reading now

It’s never easy predicting which starlets will go on to big things in football.

There are so many factors which can come into play and prevent wonderkids from fulfilling their potential.

But back in 2001, Four Four Two had a go at producing a list of the greatest young players in the game.

And although many of the players on the list – like Fernando Torres, Anres Iniesta and Arjen Robben – went on to big things, others’ careers just never took off.

You probably won’t even recognise quite a few of the names.

So who made the top 30?

Click through the gallery above to see the 30 best young players in the game back in 2001, according to Four Four Two.