Stelios Andreou is living his dream and at the age of 19 he is not only playing in the Belgian championship, but he is also a key player of Charleroi, as he counted four ninety minutes in the first four games – in yesterday (22/8) he missed the fifth due to injury.
The young Cypriot, who redeemed last year his excellent performance with Olympiakos Nicosia with a great transfer, also managed to be one of the most “experienced” U20 football players in the world, in 2021.
In its latest report (No. 344) the CIES (International Center for Sports Research) publishes a list of the 100 U20 footballers (worldwide) who gained the most experience during the current year, based on the minutes of participation they had and the capacity of their team as well as and their league.
And in this Top100 we meet the 19-year-old ace, who in fact holds the 51st place in the world!
In fact, if we calculate only the time of his participation (30 games, 2,303 minutes), out of one hundred of the list he is at No. 16, while from those born in 2002, he is 11th!
Thus, the young Cypriot defender is relatively high on a list that includes many great talents of world football.
In terms of the overall “ranking” of the U20, it is no surprise that the “hot” name of Barcelona, Pedri Gonzalez, is at the top of the list with a difference from the second, having played 3,827 minutes (in 49 games!) in 2021, leaving behind Mason Greenwood of United with 2,327 ′ in 36 games.
- See the full survey here
The top20 based on (only) the minutes of participation:
The top20 based on the capacity of teams and championships: