MONTEVIDEO – The 17-year-old Uruguayan Gustavo Viera dreams all day of joining soccer’s elite and winning the sport’s top honors, even more now that France Football magazine has named him among the world’s 12 most promising players together with the likes of Marco Asensio, Gabriel Jesus, Dele Alli and Kylian Mbappe.
“I’m really proud because it’s a small achievement in my career – not just anyone is mentioned in a magazine like that. I’m very happy and it’s something that helps you keep trying harder,” Viera told EFE in an interview.
With a scant eight matches on the first team of the Uruguayan Liverpool club, he is already seen to be on his way to stardom, while being watched by some of Europe’s leading clubs.
The forward said he learned that his name appeared in France Football while he was at home and got the news on his cell phone.
“When the note came up and I started reading it, I thought it couldn’t be true,” Viera said, adding that when he discovered it was absolutely true, he felt proud because “it’s a small achievement” in his nascent sports career.
The future all-star list includes Killyan Mbappe of the Paris Saint-Germain club, Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona, and Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane of Manchester City, considered the “golden boys.”
There are also the “precursors,” a list made up of Marco Asensio of Real Madrid, Dele Alli of Tottenham, Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax and Gianluigi Donnarumma of Milan.
Then among the “baby stars” are Vinicius Junior of Flamengo, Maximiliano Romero of Velez Sarsfield, Mason Mount of Vitesse and, of course, Viera.
Viera vastly admires the two stars of his country, Luis Suarez of Barcelona and Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain, and begins to believe he is catching up with them.
According to the magazines, Viera is “a synthesis” of his two “prestigious compatriots.” He agrees that he has certain characteristics of Suarez but also wants to play outside the area and then blast into it with power and speed like Cavani.
What’s more, he said, he’s taking calmly the rumored interest in him on the part of Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter.
“My dream is to be a Suarez or Cavani, to win the Ballon d’Or like Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, to play a Champions League and win it. What every soccer player dreams of,” he said.