Retsos Ranked Amongst Top Teenagers In World
Popular British magazine and publication FourFourTwo recently came out with their rankings for ‘The 100 Best Teenagers In The World.’ Amongst the top 100 was Greece and Bayer Leverkusen defender Panagiotis Retsos. The 19-year-old has shot to prominence in the last 18 months and figured in 20th place on FourFourTwo’s list.
Below is the blurb on FourFourTwo.com describing Retsos:
Need to know: Born in South Africa to Greek parents, Retsos is making a name for himself in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen.
A versatile defender who has played at full-back despite being most comfortable as a centre-half, the 19-year-old is strong in the air and firm in the tackle, while he’s also willing and able to play out from the back.
The former Olympiakos man became the most expensive Greek player in history when Leverkusen splashed out €22m in the summer.
Highlight so far: Retsos appeared in October’s 2-1 win over Cyprus, a result which left Greece on the brink of reaching the play-offs for 2018 World Cup qualification.
Certainly, Retsos’ exploits over the last year plus have pundits around Europe taking notice. This is a list that includes the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Rashford, Christian Pulisic, and Federico Chiesa in the top five amongst others. Retsos’ inclusion is a real tribute to one of the rising stars of Greek football.