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Prodigies that will (probably) dominate world’s sport in the coming years

Tiger Woods with his son, Charles

This past weekend, the world was impressed by the enormous talent of Charlie Woods, Tiger Woods’ son. The 11-year-old participated (along with his father) in the PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida. Charlie proved to be a golfing wunderkind and many fans believe he can follow in his father’s footsteps. In honor of him, Balls and Bells brings you other young prodigies who excel in their respective sports.

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Erling Haaland (football):

At only 20 years old, this Norwegian is already one of the best strikers in the world. He was signed by Borussia Dortmund in December 2019 and since then Haaland hasn’t stopped scoring goals. In 2020, he scored 39 goals in 37 games. He has also attracted attention for the records he has broken in the UEFA Champions League. For example, he only needed 7 games to score his first 10 goals in this competition, while Lionel Messi needed 25 games and Cristiano Ronaldo 47! Haaland has crowned a spectacular year by winning the Golden Boy award and the Norwegian Golden Ball.

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Luka Doncic (basketball):

At only 21 years old, this Slovenian player is one of the greatest promises of the world’s basketball. In April 2015 he became the youngest Real Madrid player to debut in the ACB League (at the age of 16 years and 2 months). In 2018 he arrived at the NBA after signing with Dallas Mavericks. He had a spectacular performance last season and for many people he is a candidate for the MVP award for the 2020/21 season.

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Alexander Zverev (tennis):

Tennis’s greatest promise. He is 23 years old and currently No. 7 in the ATP ranking, although he already knows what it feels like to be world’s No. 3. At his young age, the German has already won three Masters 1000 titles. In 2018, he was crowned ATP World Tour Finals champion. On top of that, this year he reached the Australian Open semi-finals and played his first Grand Slam final at the US Open, which he lost to Dominic Thiem.

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Max Verstappen (Formula One):

This Dutchman is a steering wheel prodigy. At 23 years old, he has already won 10 Formula One Grand Prix. Besides that, he has finished third in the World Drivers’ Championship standings twice. In 2016, he became the youngest driver to win a Grand Prix after winning the Spanish Grand Prix.

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