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Folarin Balogun: The young Afican starlet who is outshining Messi, Neymar and Mbappe

No one has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than Folarin Balogun this season, not even Kylian Mbappe, Leo Messi or Neymar.

American by birth, but a naturalised English citizen, he has so far scored 14 league goals for Stade Reims. He was even the scorer of the goal at the Parc des Princes that earned his team a point at home to the mighty PSG.

At just 21 years of age, he is undoubtedly the sensation so far in the French league after 21 matches in the competition.

This promising youngster is an Arsenal youth player, and is on loan from the Gunners. Despite playing little in the Premier League, his influence on Reims is noticeable, as he now has characteristics that place him among the most exciting No.9s in French football.

Balogun‘s hat-trick to lead Reims to victory on Wednesday also put the American-born youngster on course to top the Ligue 1 scoring charts, ahead of the likes of Messi (9 goals), Mbappe (13 goals) and Neymar (12 goals).

England and USA national teams will be fighting for him. He played in all the youth categories for England, but also for the US U18s, who won’t let him go so easily, considering their lack of a centre-forward.

It is worth remembering that there is a slight chance of seeing him wear the USMNT jersey, as he has not played at senior level for either England or Nigeria, another team he could play for

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