Rating The 2021-22 Topps UCL Rookies

2021-22 Topps UEFA Champions League is set for release in March and provides collectors with a long list of rookies among its 200 base card checklist. The amount of talent among these up-and-coming players is nothing short of spectacular. But which of them are the most robust investments? We did the work for you, by rating the 2021-22 Topps UCL rookies.

I went into the depths of the checklist to separate the wheat from the chaff. Behold the Cardlines tiered list.

Rating The 2021-22 Topps UCL Rookies: Tier-1

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 The players in this list are blue-chip prospects. Their chances of working out are pretty high. So, get those toploaders ready for these guys. You will need them.

 Brian Brobbey

 Country: Netherlands; Club: Ajax (the card will say RB Leipzig); Position: Striker; Age: 20

 While most strikers his age have potential, Brian already has receipts as an experienced goalscorer. In 35 appearances for the Oranje youth team, he scored no less than 25 goals and was spectacularly productive for the second-tier Jong Ajax team. Brobbey had a short-lived move to RB Leipzig, which did not work out. However, he recently returned to Ajax on loan, where he has recaptured form with 3 goals in his first two games. I believe Brian has an excellent chance of becoming the main striker for the high-profile Dutch national team.

Jonathan David

 Country: Canada; Club: LOSC Lille; Position: Forward; Age: 22

 I love watching David play, and he is the most talented Canadian player in years. His goal tally for the national team speaks for itself: 20 goals in a mere 27 games. He has also been scoring goals at the top level (first in Belgium and now in France) since 2018. Already a star, Canada is set to appear in the World Cup, and the forward may soon be an international sensation.

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Liam Delap

 Country: England; Club: Manchester City; Position: Forward; Age: 19

 In the 2019-2020 season, forward sensation Liam Delap scored his debut senior goal to help City beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the FA Cup. Since then, his meteoric rise was thwarted by a niggling foot injury. Now that Liam has returned, his next challenge is securing playing time. But, of course, a serious concern with any City prospect is whether they will get playing time in Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled machine. But Delap is not being treated like a run-of-the-mill prospect and has been giving him some bench appearances.

Nonetheless, the Spanish manager noted that Liam is not ready for prime time, unlike a particular more advanced prospect: “The 19-year old Phil Foden is completely different to Liam, that’s why we need to be patient. He could have scored against Fulham. Liam has that feeling, but he is a player who needs to improve a lot.”

 Yusuf Demir

Country: Austria; Club: FC Barcelona; Position: Winger; Age: 18

Any player with proven first-team receipts at age 18 deserves a close look. After 31 appearances in the top Austrian league, with 6 goals, Demir fit in that category. Barcelona certainly thought so and signed the Austrian winger from Rapid Wien on loan. Yusuf was given a chance with the reserves and impressed enough to earn a quick promotion to the first team. The player is a natural and is ready to contribute at the highest level despite Yusuf’s tender years.

Anthony Elanga

Country: Sweden; Club: Manchester United; Position: Winger; Age: 21

This article comes at a good time for Elanga. With Mason Greenwood out for misbehavior and Marcus Rashford off his best form, the Swedish winger has been allowed to earn minutes at Old Trafford. So far, he has done remarkably well, scoring three goals and looking very impressive in the process. Most notably, he scored United’s only goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first leg. Young players able to score when it counts are priceless.

 Gavi

 Country: Spain; Club: Barcelona; Position: Central midfield; Age: 17

 In October 2021, Gavi won his debut cap for Spain at 17. He became the youngest player to represent Spain at the senior level; he drew the inevitable comparisons to brilliant countrymen central midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta. But is he in that class? Chelsea and Liverpool seem to think so, and both prestigious clubs have been sniffing around the precocious playmaker. Spanish national team manager Luis Enrique says, “he is playing on the pitch as if it’s the backyard of his house. He’s the present and future of the national team. He’s a player who can play between the lines, doesn’t lose the ball, has good technique, and is physical. We knew what he would bring; personality, willingness to play, courage. Nothing is too much for him.” Who am I to argue?

Gavi is a blue-chip rookie prospect.

Ismaël Gharbi

Country: France; Club: Paris Saint-Germain; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 17

Although only 17 years old, Ismaël has already made the star-studded PSG senior squad. Technically gifted, Gharbi is a joy to watch both on the ball and passing into space. But particularly exciting is his unerring resoluteness when in scoring position. With a history of producing some of the most exciting midfielders, Ismaël is the latest French gem.

Kaio Jorge

Country: Brazil; Club: Juventus; Position: Striker; Age: 20

 Jorge isn’t a starter for Juventus just yet. The player has also suffered a severe setback with a knee injury this year. However, we have reason to believe he will make it. His scoring abilities for Santos and the Brazil youth team were phenomenal, and several teams are waiting for his return to health to provide Kaio with the platform he needs to succeed.

James McAtee

Country: England; Club: Manchester City; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 19

McAtee is one of several promising youngsters trying to push into Pep Guardiola’s super team. The midfielder made his senior team debut in September 2021. So, how does he stack up? Well, Pep personally tracked him down at age 13. So, with that sort of faith from the manager, it is highly likely that James will get more opportunities with City. James has the versatility and talent to shine in the Premier League by all indications.

Edouard Michut 

 Country: France; Club: Paris Saint-Germain; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 18

Edouard has a solid pedigree and has been rated as one of the top global soccer prospects for years, though he is only 18. The midfielder made his debut for PSG at age 17 and seems likely to become a starter in a year or two. His former coach Jordy Cabarrecq says, “he always had a good first touch, moved in areas where he could touch the ball but also an ability to eliminate and break lines.” I believe those abilities will come to the fore at the top level.

Ilaix Moriba

 Country: Guinea; Club: RB Leipzig Position: Central midfielder; Age: 19

Moriba has long been considered one of the top talents of his generation And considering the depth of talent available among his cohorts, that is saying a lot. Signed by Barcelona, Ilaix was seen as the next Nou Camp superstar. However, Barcelona has been in a lot of trouble recently and prefers to rely on veterans. The Guinean youngster moved to Leipzig but could not break in there either. He has now been loaned to Valencia. None of this is particularly auspicious. However, Moriba is a unique talent and is still young.

Cole Palmer

Country: England; Club: Manchester City; Position: Attacking midfielder or forward; Age: 19

Cole is a lifelong supporter of City and rose through the ranks of their vaunted academy from the under-8 level and onward. Palmer rewarded his beloved team with impressive performances. He scored 15 times and passed for five assists as City won the under-18 national championship and scored a brace in the Under-18 Premier League Cup final. Palmer broke into the senior squad last season. Though Cole has yet to make an impact there, he is still young and has shined for the England youth teams. I believe he is a future star.

Sidney Raebiger

Country: Germany; Club: RB Leipzig; Position: Central Midfielder; Age: 16

There is a massive buzz around this youngster in Germany. Sidney was the youngest player to debut for Leipzig when he was barely 16 years old. That also made him the third-youngest debutant in Bundesliga history. Watching videos of him in action, it is easy to see what all the fuss is about. Raebiger has the sort of dribbling skills we associate with Latin American players, along with intuitive tactical understanding. Sure, Sidney is incredibly young, but his promise is undeniable.

Martín Satriano

Country: Uruguay; Club: Inter Milan; Position: Forward; Age: 21

Martin was a bright light for Uruguayan side Nacional when he caught the eye of Italian champions Inter Milan. Unfortunately, he was unable to break into the team, which is understandable considering the level of competition. However, a loan move to Ligue 1 side Brest allowed him to shine. With 3 goals in his first 4 games, the Uruguayan national team noticed and placed him in the preliminary squad for the world cup. Satriano may be read to make that big break this year.

Benjamin Sesko

Country: Slovenia; Club: Red Bull Salzburg; Position: Forward; Age: 18

Sesko has already earned enough comparisons to Erling Haaland to clinch the nickname “mini-Haaland.” Part of that is, of course, that both played for Red Bull Salzburg. But Benjamin has excellent speed and improving finishing skills. He is also not intimidated by the comparison and recently said, “Such comparisons motivate me and give me energy,” Sesko told reporters in his homeland when asked about being likened to Haaland. “They do not represent pressure. On the contrary, I will listen and learn so I can be even better than he is. I can easily imagine him becoming a star forward for a big team in a couple of years.

Shola Shoretire

Country: England; Club: Manchester United; Position: Forward; Age: 18

Shola has long been considered one of the premier talents in England. For how long? Well, Manchester City invited him for a trial at age 7. But after a spell with City, Shoretire moved to Manchester United, fending off interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid. What sets the young forward apart is his technique. He has the kind of the first touch which allows him to weave through tight spaces. Furthering his prospect is the belief the United system harbors in the youngsters’ capabilities. To me, what remains to be seen is whether he can reliably score goals at the top level. Despite always impressing, Shola has yet to score goals in his few senior appearances for United or England at the youth level.

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Tiago Tomás

Country: Portugal; Club: Sporting Lisbon; Position: Forward; Age: 19

There is little doubt: Tiago is the real thing. Since making his debut for Sporting at age 18, he has shown excellent form and made his debut for Portugal recently. Several major teams are chasing the player, and his price tag is reportedly over $70 million. It is easy to see why. Tomás is equally comfortable storming up the wing and receiving the ball close to goal. A complete attacker, he is ideally suited to the modern game.

Rating The 2021-22 Topps UCL Rookies: Tier-2

The players in this tier have the talent to be big stars. But they have either not completely developed their skills or are in a team or position that makes me question their chances. But all of them have a shot at reaching a solid hobby status.

 Francisco Conceição

Country: Portugal; Club: Porto FC; Position: Forward; Age: 19

Like all talented short-statured attackers, Conceição has often been compared to Messi. He also has the pedigree, as the son of legendary midfielder and current Portugal manager Sérgio Conceição. Francisco’s dribbling skills are ridiculously good. But Messi also specializes in putting the ball in the net. Unfortunately, Conceição’s finishing skills are not there yet. Will he develop them? Hard to say.

Mohamed Daramy 

 Country: Denmark; Club: Ajax; Position: Forward; Age: 20

All the top teams in Denmark chased Mohamed at an early age. FC Copenhagen was lucky enough to nab him, and he repaid them with an excellent scoring form at the youth level. At age 16, he became the youngest player to score for the senior side. In August, Dutch powerhouse Ajax bought the youngster for $13.5 million. In recent months, Daramy has also figured in the senior international side. His skill is undeniable. However, like many young forward prospects, he has yet to find the goal-scoring form to convince me he is headed to superstardom.

Samuel Edozie

Country: England; Club: Manchester City; Position: Winger; Age: 19

Edozie featured heavily in the pre-season friendlies for City and netted often. So what are his prospects for success? The winger is in an excellent position to impact modern soccer. And, of course, Manchester City is arguably the best team in the world. But does he have the quality to break into that side? Probably not. My guess is that Edozie will be loaned out elsewhere soon.

Isaac Lihadji

Country: France; Club: LOSC Lille; Position: Forward; Age: 19

Isaac is one of many young French players with excellent technique. His speed and dribbling are unquestionably first-rate. My main concern is that he does not have top-level finishing skills. He may develop them later, but they will likely remain in the average range.

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Christopher Scott

Country: Germany; Club: Bayern München; Position: Attacking midfielder; Age: 19

Christopher is one of the premium products of the Bayer Leverkusen system. However, it looks like their rivals Bayern will enjoy the fruits of that labor. Scott is a promising player, combining height with pace and technique. As such, he has drawn comparisons to Kai Havertz. However, he seems more tactically advantageous than a genuine future star.

Luka Sucic

Country: Croatia; Club: FC Salzburg; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 19

Yet another example of Croatia’s enviable ability to produce reliably produce top-level prospects. This left-footed midfielder can create and finish with remarkable aplomb, belying his tender age. Though he has only scored 1 goal in 33 appearances for Salzburg, his devastating potential was revealed with three goals in three games for Croatia during the UEFA Under-21 Euro 2023 qualifiers. So no one was surprised when Sucic was called up to the senior squad and made his senior international debut against Slovakia in October 2021.

Hannibal Mejbri

Country: Tunisia; Club: Manchester United; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 19

Another precocious midfield talent, albeit with spectacular hair and an awesome name. There is no doubt that Mejbri has immense talent. He wouldn’t have been promoted to the senior team of a club of United’s stature otherwise. Hannibal has also become a fixture for the Tunisian national team and played well in their successful African Nations Cup campaign. But a central midfielder needs to be absolutely world-class to have hobby value, and I have not seen that level of ability from Hannibal yet.

Nuno Mendes

Country: Portugal; Club: Paris Saint-Germain; Position: Left back; Age: 19

Phenomenal player. At age 19, he is already a regular for the Portuguese national side and playing for the prestigious Paris Saint-Germain team. Nonetheless, he is a left-back. Is he good enough to become an iconic player in that position like Paolo Maldini or Roberto Carlos? Possibly.

Takuhiro Nakai

Country: Japan; Club: Real Madrid; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 18

The Japanese player was spotted by Real Madrid way back in 2014 when he was just ten years old. How? A viral video of his impressive dribbling skills caught the attention of their scouts. The Madrid giants rate Takuhiro as one of their best prospects. They see him as a future midfield lynchpin. However, we have not seen anywhere near enough of him to rate Nakai’s ability to perform at the highest level. He is also likely to play too far back to make a significant offensive impact.

Manuel Ugarte

Country: Uruguay; Club: Sporting Lisbon; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 20

Ugarte has the right mix of offensive and defensive skills for a modern central midfielder. Most importantly, he knows how to win the ball and distribute it efficiently to his teammates. Manuel also does not seem to have any notable weaknesses. However, he is not a big goal scorer. In 87 senior appearances in Uruguay and Portugal, the youngster has only scored 3 times. I believe this is an indicator of how his career will go. Ugarte will progress and play a significant role for club and country, but without the flashy achievements that make for a solid hobby investment.

Rating The 2021-22 Topps UCL Rookies: Tier-3

Most of the players in this tier will be solid starting players for good teams. However, their talent, age, or position make it unlikely they will become big stars. However, they could surprise me.

Bright Arrey-Mbi

Country: Germany; Club: Bayern Munich; Position: Center back or left back; Age: 18

Excellent left-back prospect, on the verge of breaking into the first Bayern team at an exceptionally young age. Hard to imagine he will be good enough to have valuable cards, but it is not impossible.

Alejandro Balde

Country: Spain; Club: Barcelona FC; Position: Left back; Age: 18

When an 18-year-old is already the backup left-back at a prestigious club like Barcelona FC, they have a great future ahead of them. Unfortunately for collectors, that future is at left-back.

Antonio Blanco

Country: Spain; Club: Real Madrid; Position: Defensive Midfielder; Age: 21

Blanco is a bit small for a defensive midfielder, but he makes up for it with his tireless hard work. Last season he appeared to be on the cusp of becoming a regular at Santiago Bernabéu. However, current manager Carlo Ancelotti does not appreciate him as much as previous skipper Zinedine Zidane did. So, most likely, Blanco will head out on loan elsewhere. The delay in his development, plus the defensive nature of his position, mean Antonio is not a wise investment.

Daniel Bragança

Country: Portugal; Club: Sporting Lisbon; Position: Midfielder; Age: 22

Daniel is an excellent Portuguese league player. But is he going to become a lot more than that? Probably not.

Nico González

Country: Spain; Club: Barcelona FC; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 20

Another talented Barcelona central midfielder. He has already made 21 appearances for the senior squad and will likely continue to feature in the team. However, that speaks more to the current woes of Barcelona than to the extraordinary potential of González.

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Gonçalo Inácio

Country: Portugal; Club: Sporting Lisbon; Position: Center back; Age: 20

A strong and physically solid center-back who is already a starter for Sporting and likely to get a big move in a few years. Still, a defensive player who has yet to break into the senior national team.

Óscar Mingueza 

Country: Spain; Club: Barcelona; Position: Right back; Age: 22

Mingueza is breaking into the big time. He is the starting right-back for Barcelona. Sure, that club ain’t what it used to be, but that is still a sign of quality. Óscar is also a possible candidate for the Spanish squad in the World Cup. However, there is no getting past the fact that Mingueza is a 22-year-old defender. Not the ideal profile for a rookie investment.

Felix Nmecha

Country: England; Club: Wolfsburg; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 21

Though born and playing in Germany, Felix has chosen to represent England, where he grew up. He could not break into the first team after coming up with Manchester City despite making a few appearances. He moved to Wolfsburg in 2021 and has since made numerous appearances as a starter and substitute. There is plenty of talent there, but unclear if it will all come together.

Josip Stanišić

 Country: Croatia; Club: FC Bayern München; Position: Right back, center back or defensive midfield; Age: 21

Josip is a defender, which immediately puts a ceiling on his hobby value. But there is an excellent chance Stanišić will become a regular for both Croatia and Bayern. Indeed, he debuted for the senior Croatian team in September 2021. His secret is versatility. With his keen intelligence, size, and speed, Stanišić can potentially excel at any defensive position. This quality makes him a long-term asset to any team lucky enough to have the Croatian youngster.

Maurits Kjærgaard

Country: Denmark; Club: FC Salzburg; Position: Central midfielder; Age: 18

This big and robust left-footed midfielder has been on Manchester United’s radar for quite some time. I can see why. He is a forceful presence in midfield, can distribute the ball well, and get forward to score occasionally. However, I would imagine a move to a big club would come with a more defensive role for Maurits, relegating him to relative hobby obscurity.

Pedro Gonçalves

Country: Portugal; Club: Sporting Lisbon; Position: Attacking midfielder; Age: 23

Pedro is coming into his own for club and country. He has scored a remarkable 30 goals in 50 for Sporting over the last two years. While he has yet to make waves for the Portuguese national team, he will feature in the World Cup squad. From a hobby perspective, Gonçalves is a late bloomer. He had his chance when Wolves brought him to England in 2018 but failed to make an impact. By the time he gets a chance at a big club (which he definitely will), Pedro will be a bit over the hill for our picky hobby.

Joško Gvardiol

Country: Croatia; Club: Manchester City; Position: Centre back or left back; Age: 20

Joško will likely be a crucial link in the Croatian national team for at least a decade. I also believe a move to a bigger team will happen sooner than later. Still, a Croatian defender is unlikely to be a big hobby play.

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Pierre Kalulu

Country: France; Club: AC Milan; Position: Right back or central defender Age: 21

Hard to argue with Pierre’s pedigree. He comes from an impressive football family and is fast and talented. At age 21, he is already a starter for one of the biggest clubs in the world. Kalulu also seems on the verge of breaking into the senior French side. However, Pierre is a defender, with a pretty low ceiling in the hobby.

Tibo Persyn

Country: Belgium; Club: Club Bruges; Position: Midfielder; Age: 19

The talented midfielder came up through the Bruges system and was signed by Inter Milan at the tender age of 16. However, he never quite made it at the Italian outfit, and he returned to the Belgian league this season. Some blame COVID-19 for his inability to break into the Inter first team. However, it remains to be seen if Persyn has star quality.

Giorgio Scalvini

Country: Italy; Club: Atalanta Position: Defender; Age: 18

Giorgio is the latest in a long line of highly competent Italian defenders. He has fabulous technique on the ground and in the air. He has even trained with the senior national team at 18. The kid is a prodigy, without a doubt. But he is a defender.

Rating The 2021-22 Topps UCL Rookies: Tier-4

This tier includes players whose cards will be worth almost nothing in the long run. Could I be wrong? Well, I am more often than I’d like to admit. But probably not this time.

Fodé Ballo-Touré

Country: Senegal; Club: AC Milan; Position: Left back; Age: 25

 Good player. Good enough to be a strong investment at 25 from the left-back position? No.

Sven Botman

Country: Netherlands; Club: LOSC Lille; Position: Center back; Age: 22

Sven is a strong central defender in the Dutch tradition of Jaap Stam and Frank de Boer. That is excellent news for Lille. But since we are talking about a 22-year-old defender who plays for a relatively small team, you are better off investing elsewhere.

Miguel Gutiérrez

Country: Spain; Club: Real Madrid; Position: Left back; Age: 20

Miguel may be the left-back of the future for Spain. However, his talent is not exceptional enough to justify an investment in a defensive player.

Ibrahima Konaté

Country: France; Club: Liverpool; Position: Center back; Age: 22

 As a lifelong Liverpool fan, I am thrilled we have this gifted and physically imposing (at 6″ 4) central defender. However, as a 22-year-old defensive player, he is not much of an investment prospect.

 Steffen Tigges

Country: Germany; Club: Borussia Dortmund; Position: Forward; Age: 23

Steffen has become an inseparable part of the Dortmund offense, alongside the great Erling Haaland. But this is all a bit late in his career. Steffen has yet to become a star or play for the national team, and he is already 23.

Steffen Tigges is solid but on the older side for a rookie. Look for his cards on eBay. 

Pepê

Country: Brazil; Club: Porto; Position: Winger; Age: 25

Not to be confused with the veteran Portuguese defender of the same name who, quite confusingly, also plays for Porto. Pepe was good enough to be worth a $17 million transfer from Gremio to Porto. However, he has yet to debut for the Brazil senior team and falls into that too little too late category for the hobby.

Omar Richards

Country: England; Club: Bayern Munich; Position: Left Back; Age: 24

Omar is coming into his own, playing increasing minutes for the best side in Germany after years of low-profile play for Reading. However, it is too little too late for the hobby. Being a left-back isn’t doing Richards any favors either.

Ignace Van der Brempt

Country: Belgium; Club: Club Brugge; Position: Center back; Age: 19

Another promising young defender with few prospects in the hobby.

Rating The 2021-22 Topps UCL Rookies: The Bottomline 

I did not go into making this list with exceptionally high expectations. However, truth be told, the rookie list here is spectacular. The future of soccer is in excellent hands, and Topps did a commendable job in picking the right players for this list. It measures up remarkably well compared to the most recent Donruss Soccer rated rookie list. If you are at all interested in soccer rookies, buying into this product is an absolute must. Hopefully, this list was helpful!

Full Rookie Checklist

 3 Josip Stanišić – FC Bayern München RC

12 Luka Sucic – FC Salzburg RC

21 Shola Shoretire – Manchester United RC

22 Liam Delap – Manchester City FC RC

25 Brian Brobbey – RB Leipzig RC

26 Manuel Ugarte – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC

28 Mohamed Daramy – AFC Ajax RC

40 Martín Satriano – FC Internazionale Milano RC

41 Óscar Mingueza – FC Barcelona RC

50 Gavi – FC Barcelona RC

53 Hannibal Mejbri – Manchester United RC

55 Samuel Edozie – Manchester City FC RC

56 Maurits Kjærgaard – FC Salzburg RC

61 Pedro Gonçalves – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC

64 Takuhiro Nakai – Real Madrid C.F. RC

68 Pepê – FC Porto RC

77 Pierre Kalulu – AC Milan RC

80 Cole Palmer – Manchester City FC RC

85 Tibo Persyn – Club Brugge RC

86 Giorgio Scalvini – Atalanta B.C. RC

92 Steffen Tigges – Borussia Dortmund RC

101 Tiago Tomás – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC

103 Felix Nmecha – VfL Wolfsburg RC

104 Ismaël Gharbi – Paris Saint-Germain RC

105 Sven Botman – LOSC Lille RC

107 Nico González – FC Barcelona RC

110 Sidney Raebiger – RB Leipzig RC

112 James McAtee – Manchester City FC RC

117 Ibrahima Konaté – Liverpool FC RC

118 Francisco Conceição – FC Porto RC

123 Ilaix Moriba – RB Leipzig RC

124 Antonio Blanco – Real Madrid C.F. R

126 Nuno Mendes – Paris Saint-Germain RC

140 Yusuf Demir – FC Barcelona RC

147 Fodé Ballo-Touré – AC Milan RC

154 Anthony Elanga – Manchester United RC

158 Joško Gvardiol – RB Leipzig RC

161 Benjamin Sesko – FC Salzburg RC

164 Alejandro Balde – FC Barcelona RC

166 Miguel Gutiérrez – Real Madrid C.F. RC

173 Christopher Scott – FC Bayern München RC

176 Jonathan David – LOSC Lille RC

182 Bright Arrey-Mbi – FC Bayern München RC

184 Omar Richards – FC Bayern München RC

185 Isaac Lihadji – LOSC Lille RC

188 Daniel Bragança – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC

189 Edouard Michut – Paris Saint-Germain RC

193 Ignace Van der Brempt – Club Brugge RC

196 Kaio Jorge – Juventus RC

197 Gonçalo Inácio – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC

Full Base Checklist

1 Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund
2 Christopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig
3 Josip Stanišić – FC Bayern München RC
4 Robin Gosens – Atalanta B.C.
5 Kenneth Taylor – AFC Ajax
6 Koke – Club Atlético de Madrid
7 Wout Weghorst – VfL Wolfsburg
8 Frenkie de Jong – FC Barcelona
9 Luis Suárez – Club Atlético de Madrid
10 Lionel Messi – Paris Saint-Germain
11 Tim Weah – LOSC Lille
12 Luka Sucic – FC Salzburg RC
13 Toni Kroos – Real Madrid C.F.
14 Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund
15 Renato Sanches – LOSC Lille
16 Hakim Ziyech – Chelsea FC TW
17 Nicolò Barella – FC Internazionale Milano
18 Mohamed Salah – Liverpool FC
19 Noa Lang – Club Brugge
20 Dejan Kulusevski – Juventus
21 Shola Shoretire – Manchester United RC
22 Liam Delap – Manchester City FC RC
23 Álvaro Morata – Juventus
24 Timo Werner – Chelsea FC
25 Brian Brobbey – RB Leipzig RC
26 Manuel Ugarte – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC
27 Thorgan Hazard – Borussia Dortmund
28 Mohamed Daramy – AFC Ajax RC
29 Ridle Baku – VfL Wolfsburg
30 Weston McKennie – Juventus
31 Luis Muriel – Atalanta B.C.
32 Theo Hernández – AC Milan
33 Xavi Simons – Paris Saint-Germain
34 Curtis Jones – Liverpool FC
35 Luka Modrić – Real Madrid C.F.
36 Sergio Ramos – Paris Saint-Germain
37 Jude Bellingham & Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund CC
38 Marcel Sabitzer – FC Bayern München
39 N’Golo Kanté – Chelsea FC
40 Martín Satriano – FC Internazionale Milano RC
41 Óscar Mingueza – FC Barcelona RC
42 Thiago Silva – Chelsea FC
43 Mason Mount – Chelsea FC TW
44 Matthijs de Ligt – Juventus
45 Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea FC TW
46 Alphonso Davies – FC Bayern München
47 Renan Lodi – Club Atlético de Madrid
48 Alessandro Bastoni – FC Internazionale Milano
49 Evanilson – FC Porto
50 Gavi – FC Barcelona RC
51 Jamal Musiala – FC Bayern München
52 Zlatan Ibrahimović – AC Milan
53 Hannibal Mejbri – Manchester United RC
54 Ansu Fati – FC Barcelona
55 Samuel Edozie – Manchester City FC RC
56 Maurits Kjærgaard – FC Salzburg RC
57 Ederson – Manchester City FC
58 João Félix – Club Atlético de Madrid
59 Charles De Ketelaere – Club Brugge
60 Sergio Busquets – FC Barcelona
61 Pedro Gonçalves – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC
62 Lionel Messi & Neymar Jr – Paris Saint-Germain CC
63 Mario Hermoso – Club Atlético de Madrid
64 Takuhiro Nakai – Real Madrid C.F. RC
65 Ivan Rakitić – Sevilla FC
66 Paul Pogba – Manchester United
67 Jan Oblak – Club Atlético de Madrid
68 Pepê – FC Porto RC
69 Rúben Dias – Manchester City FC
70 Vini Jr. – Real Madrid C.F.
71 Jules Koundé – Sevilla FC
72 Duván Zapata – Atalanta B.C.
73 Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City FC
74 Raphaël Guerreiro – Borussia Dortmund
75 Fábio Vieira – FC Porto
76 Phil Foden – Manchester City FC
77 Pierre Kalulu – AC Milan RC
78 Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United
79 Gareth Bale – Real Madrid C.F.
80 Cole Palmer – Manchester City FC RC
81 Christian Pulisic – Chelsea FC TW
82 Antony – AFC Ajax
83 Gianluigi Donnarumma – Paris Saint-Germain
84 Maxence Lacroix – VfL Wolfsburg
85 Tibo Persyn – Club Brugge RC
86 Giorgio Scalvini – Atalanta B.C. RC
87 Brahim Díaz – AC Milan
88 Antoine Griezmann – Club Atlético de Madrid
89 Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea FC
90 Sadio Mané – Liverpool FC
91 Dani Olmo – RB Leipzig
92 Steffen Tigges – Borussia Dortmund RC
93 Stefan de Vrij – FC Internazionale Milano
94 Rodrygo – Real Madrid C.F.
95 Tyler Adams – RB Leipzig
96 Eric García – FC Barcelona
97 Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool FC
98 Jurriën Timber – AFC Ajax
99 Amad – Manchester United
100 Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
101 Tiago Tomás – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC

102 Kai Havertz – Chelsea FC TW
103 Felix Nmecha – VfL Wolfsburg RC
104 Ismaël Gharbi – Paris Saint-Germain RC
105 Sven Botman – LOSC Lille RC
106 David Neres – AFC Ajax
107 Nico González – FC Barcelona RC
108 Robert Lewandowski – FC Bayern München
109 Luis Suárez & Antoine Griezmann – Club Atlético de Madrid CC
110 Sidney Raebiger – RB Leipzig RC
111 Sergiño Dest – FC Barcelona
112 James McAtee – Manchester City FC RC
113 Phil Foden & Raheem Sterling – Manchester City FC CC
114 İlkay Gündoğan – Manchester City FC
115 Suso – Sevilla FC
116 Diego Carlos – Sevilla FC
117 Ibrahima Konaté – Liverpool FC RC
118 Francisco Conceição – FC Porto RC
119 Karim Adeyemi – FC Salzburg
120 Andy Robertson – Liverpool FC
121 Maximilian Arnold – VfL Wolfsburg
122 Brenden Aaronson – FC Salzburg
123 Ilaix Moriba – RB Leipzig RC
124 Antonio Blanco – Real Madrid C.F. RC
125 Lautaro Martínez – FC Internazionale Milano
126 Nuno Mendes – Paris Saint-Germain RC
127 Donyell Malen – Borussia Dortmund
128 Bruno Fernandes & Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United CC
129 Youssoufa Moukoko – Borussia Dortmund
130 Lucas Ocampos – Sevilla FC
131 Dušan Tadić – AFC Ajax
132 Jack Grealish – Manchester City FC
133 Jordan Henderson – Liverpool FC
134 Manuel Akanji – Borussia Dortmund
135 Karim Benzema – Real Madrid C.F.
136 Marvin Park – Real Madrid C.F.
137 Federico Chiesa – Juventus
138 Reece James – Chelsea FC
139 Mason Mount – Chelsea FC
140 Yusuf Demir – FC Barcelona RC
141 Eduardo Camavinga – Real Madrid C.F.
142 Ivan Perišić – FC Internazionale Milano
143 Christian Pulisic – Chelsea FC
144 Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool FC
145 Edinson Cavani – Manchester United
146 Ben Chilwell – Chelsea FC
147 Fodé Ballo-Touré – AC Milan RC
148 Hakan Çalhanoğlu – FC Internazionale Milano
149 Manuel Locatelli – Juventus
150 Neymar Jr – Paris Saint-Germain
151 Rafael Leão – AC Milan
152 John Stones – Manchester City FC
153 Giovanni Reyna – Borussia Dortmund
154 Anthony Elanga – Manchester United RC
155 Pedri – FC Barcelona
156 Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
157 Lukas Nmecha – VfL Wolfsburg
158 Joško Gvardiol – RB Leipzig RC
159 Manuel Neuer – FC Bayern München
160 Paulo Dybala – Juventus
161 Benjamin Sesko – FC Salzburg RC
162 Harvey Elliott – Liverpool FC
163 Serge Gnabry – FC Bayern München
164 Alejandro Balde – FC Barcelona RC
165 Sandro Tonali – AC Milan
166 Miguel Gutiérrez – Real Madrid C.F. RC
167 Edouard Mendy – Chelsea FC
168 Hans Vanaken – Club Brugge
169 Ansgar Knauff – Borussia Dortmund
170 Leroy Sané – FC Bayern München
171 Marquinhos – Paris Saint-Germain
172 Dayot Upamecano – FC Bayern München
173 Christopher Scott – FC Bayern München RC
174 Gerard Piqué – FC Barcelona
175 Ángel Di María – Paris Saint-Germain
176 Jonathan David – LOSC Lille RC
177 Juan Cuadrado – Juventus
178 Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund
179 Daniel Maldini – AC Milan
180 Alisson Becker – Liverpool FC
181 Pepe – FC Porto
182 Bright Arrey-Mbi – FC Bayern München RC
183 Harry Maguire – Manchester United
184 Omar Richards – FC Bayern München RC
185 Isaac Lihadji – LOSC Lille RC
186 Kai Havertz – Chelsea FC
187 Sergio Agüero – FC Barcelona
188 Daniel Bragança – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC
189 Edouard Michut – Paris Saint-Germain RC
190 Joshua Kimmich – FC Bayern München
191 Youssef En-Nesyri – Sevilla FC
192 Raheem Sterling – Manchester City FC
193 Ignace Van der Brempt – Club Brugge RC
194 Dominik Szoboszlai – RB Leipzig
195 Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus
196 Kaio Jorge – Juventus RC
197 Gonçalo Inácio – Sporting Clube De Portugal RC
198 Mason Greenwood – Manchester United
199 Ryan Gravenberch – AFC Ajax
200 Kylian Mbappé – Paris Saint-Germain

 

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim is a former history and political science professor at UCLA. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary. Shai also worked as a diplomat and journalist on three continents.