Svilar is selected by FourFourTwo in their top 100 best teenagers in the world, edition 2017.
The list is made by more than 1,100 scouts around the globe who assemble data for the player database for Football Manager. Each teenager who makes the cut is among Football Manager 2018’s best for either current ability or potential – or terrifyingly in many cases, both.
Need to know: Svilar will never forget his “trial by fire” – as described by his own manager, Rui Vitoria – in becoming the Champions League’s youngest-ever goalkeeper aged 18 and 52 days against Manchester United in mid-October. It ended in a 2-0 defeat and a costly mistake from the Antwerp-born net-minder – but his reaction was telling.
In the return game at Old Trafford, Svilar’s first-half heroics – including a saved penalty – kept United at bay, until Nemanja Matic’s fierce effort cannoned off the post and back onto the teenager for a desperately unlucky own goal. “We only talk about him being 18 because his identification card says that,” said boss Vitoria pre-match. “He actually shows maturity above his actual age.”
No prizes for guessing the team that’s currently being linked with his services long-term.
Highlight so far: Saving Anthony Martial’s spot-kick… and doing it at Old Trafford. “At my age it’s something special,” Svilar reflected post-match. He’s not wrong. JB