6 Asian wonderkids appear on The Guardian’s Top Young Footballers for 2016 list

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4. Shunta Nakamura (Japan/Kashiwa Reysol U18)

A lethal striker from a young age, Shunta Nakamura has been compared with the Brazilian Ronaldo due to his goalscoring abilities. He made his name at the 2011 Japan U12 Football Championship, where he scored a blistering 23 goals to smash a 31-year-old record. Five years later, he has become a member of the Japan U19 team and is considered by many as one of the host country’s potential stars at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.