Age: 20 (b. July 2, 1999, in Massa, Italy)
Years played: 2016-present
Teams: Virtus Entella (2016-17). Internazionale (2017-18). Roma (2018-present). Italy national team (2019-present).
Key stats: UEFA European U-19 Championship runner-up (2018). Serie A Best Young Player (2018-19).
Bottom line: Nicolo Zaniolo grew up with soccer at the forefront as his father, Igor, was a longtime pro in Italy’s Serie B and Serie C leagues.
Nicolo Zaniolo’s ceiling is high enough that Roma, with four years left on his contract, already is sweating what kind of move he will make and what they could get in a transfer, now estimated around $70 million, which Manchester United and Tottenham are mulling.
The reason? He’s viewed as a future captain for the national team, can play sideline to sideline as a midfielder, and despite not having filled out quite yet, opponents have marked him as almost impossible to muscle.