Le Tissier named among world's top teenagers

Accolade for Albion defender in prestigious Goal 2021 NXGN awards.

By Bruce Talbot • 23 March 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Maya Le Tissier was the only player from the UK to be named in the top ten.

Albion defender Maya Le Tissier is one of ten players who have been named the best young footballers in the world in the prestigious Goal's 2021 NXGN awards.

The 18-year-old is the only player from the UK to be named in the top ten. NXGN ranks the best young footballers in the world, with separate lists for the male and female players. For this year's list, eligible players needed to be born on or after January 1, 2002, with players aged predominantly 18 and under.

The NXGN list is compiled by Goal's global network of journalists operating in 44 countries, with hundreds of football experts contributing to the final list of talented teenagers.

Maya said, “To be considered among the top ten young players in the world is a tremendous honour, and I would like to thank Goal for nominating me.

“I am really enjoying my football at the moment. We've put together a run of four straight wins and hopefully this can continue for the rest of the season.

“Personally, I am really enjoying working with Hope Powell and the coaching team at Brighton and this award will inspire me to keep on developing and improving every aspect of my game.”

The 2021 Women's NXGN List in full


Hanna Bennison



Nikita Tromp



Alison Gonzalez



Alexis Missimo

University of Texas


Melchie Dumornay

AS Tigresses


Mary Fowler



Maya Le Tissier

Brighton & Hove Albion


Haley Bugeja



Juliet Nalukenge

Kawempe Muslim


Maika Hamano

Cerezo Osaka Sakai


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