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Being world class isn’t about being Messi or Ronaldo – those two are freaks, once in a lifetime players who are among the best of the best to ever play the game. Being world-class is about being good enough to play for any team on the planet. Each year a new group of players announce that they’re good enough to play for anyone and the 2019/2020 season will be no exception. From an era-defining right back to a generational striker, these are the four players who are going to become world-class in the coming year.
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Richarlison
One of the many English clubs with an online casino sponsor (SportPesa), Everton are a team on the up and backed to do well next season. They’ve got a bright manager, hungry squad, and a future world star leading their attack – Richarlison.
 
Richarlison joined Everton in July 2018, with new manager Marco Silva paying £50 million to prise him from Watford – Silva’s old club. The pacy and direct wide forward started his Everton career brightly, scoring twice on his debut, before ending the season as the side’s joint top scorer on 13 league goals.
 
Goalscoring wide players are gold-dust – it’s no mistake that the world’s two most valuable players of this millennium (Messi and Ronaldo) plundered much of their totals from the flanks. With rumours linking him to both Barcelona and Manchester United, we’re predicting that Richarlison will be the next world-class wide attacker. 
Bruno Fernandes
Portugal is a gold mine for players and Sporting Lisbon is one of the top places you can find it. Over the years, the club has produced Luís Figo, Rui Patrício, João Moutinho, Nani, and a guy named Cristiano. The central midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, is set to be the next star to escape from the stable.
 
Bruno Fernandes didn’t start his senior career at Sporting – he didn’t even begin in Portugal. Fernandes’ first adult side was Novara Calcio, a less than glamorous Italian side. Fernandes came to Sporting in 2017 and since then his development has been phenomenal. In his first season he scored 5 times, in his second it was 16, and in 2018/19 he got 32 (and 18 assists).
 
The greatest trick pulled by Messi and Ronaldo has been to make it seem normal to contribute as many goals as you play games in a season – it’s not normal, and by hitting those heights last season, Fernandes achieved an elite level of output. A mooted move to one of Europe’s big leagues and clubs will give him the opportunity to take the next step in his development.
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Dani Alves has redefined what it means to be a full back – it’s no longer enough to simply contribute to the attacking passages of play, you need a consistent end product. With Alves nearing the end of his glittering career, the stage is set for the next era-defining right back and his name is Trent-Alexander Arnold.
 
Having made his debut in October 2016, Alexander-Arnold is now a near untouchable on the right side of Liverpool’s defence. While he broke records in 2017/18 (notably becoming the youngest Liverpool player to start a Champions League final) it was the record he broke in 2018/19 that confirmed him as the world’s next leading right back. On the final day of the EPL season, Alexander-Arnold provided his 12th assist of the season – breaking the previous record by one.
 
Dani Alves made a habit of providing 25 plus assists a season and even that wasn’t enough for him to be the undisputed first choice for Brazil. Alexander-Arnold is yet to dislodge Kyle Walker from the England first 11 and has fellow up-and-comer Aaron Wan-Bissaka for competition. However, 2019/20 should be the season he not only becomes the first choice right back for club and country but the time when he confirms his place as the world’s best in his position.
Luka Jović
Traditional number nines are a dying breed in 2019/2020 – Sergio Agüero, Robert Lewandowski, and Karim Benzema will all be 31 by the time of the first Champions League game, while Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez are both already 32. Harry Kane is heading into his peak, while Romelu Lukaka should be. However, there’s a new generation lead by Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappé, and Real Madrid’s latest striker – Luka Jović. 
 
Beginning his career with Red Star Belgrade, Jović signed for talent factory Benfica in 2016. But though Jović’s talent was never in doubt, the move to Benfica didn’t work out for the bullish striker. This lead to a two-season loan at German side Eintracht Frankfurt. 2017/18 saw Jović score a respectable 9 goals in 27 games before his breakthrough the following season. Jović ended 2018/19 with 25 goals and his status as the hottest young striker on the globe.
 
Kylian Mbappé is indisputably the best young striker in the world. He’s already France’s best player and is probably behind only Messi and Ronaldo as the planet’s top player. But Mbappé’s brilliance doesn’t dim the star of Jović, indeed, it gives him a rival to spur him on. Playing in a better team will not only give Jović a greater stage for his talents, but it’ll also afford him more chances to score goals. Expect him to exceed the 25 goal mark in 2019/20 and confirm his place alongside Mbappé as a generational striker.
 
Each season sees a number of new players make their case for joining the list of world-class stars. While there are plenty of highly-rated players, we’re predicting that Richarlison, Bruno Fernandes, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Luka Jović will be the ones to make the step up in 2019/2020.