Arsen Zakharyan disappeared from Goal’s prestigious NXGN 2022 rankings
Russian teen phenom Arsen Zakharyan. © Mike Kireev / NurPhoto via Getty Images
Dynamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan has been wiped from a prestigious 50-man list of football wonderkids due to his nationality and as a response to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
The 18-year-old, who has already won four caps for the Russian national team and is linked to clubs such as Real Madrid, was first put in a respectable 11th place on the NXGN list by Goal.com’s panel.
The list ranks what the panel believes are the world’s 50 greatest wonderkids born on or after January 1, 2003, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham claiming top honors and joined in the top three by Florian Wirtz at Bayer Leverkusen and breakthrough FC Barcelona star Gavi.
Zakharyan was just outside the top 10, but when scrolling the list, readers will now find number 11, where Zakharyan should be, occupied by ‘No Player’.