There’s players from Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and more – but Aaron Hickey’s name still makes the grade as one of football’s brightest talents.
The young Scottish defender has caught the eye of many since moving to Bologna in Serie A this season. That’s been recognised in a star-studded list alongside the likes of Jadon Sancho, Alphonso Davies and Premier League aces like Ferran Torres and Mason Greenwood.
His endeavour has been picked up by the CIES Football Observatory who have named him among the 100 most valuable young players in world football.
Top of the list is Bayern Munich star Davies, Sancho just behind him with City talent Torres and Manchester United prospect Greenwood following closely.
CIES used an algorithm to estimate the 100 most valuable players born after 2000, with a requirement being that they have to be playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Whilst Hickey just sneaks a place in this list with a value of €5million, it’s quite an achievement for the Hearts academy graduate, given the illustrious company he is surrounded by.