What is talent in soccer or football?
Answer: What is talent in soccer, from a first hand perspective? What did a young Messi feel when he first touched a ball? Probably some immediate sense of kinship and comfort? A kind of clarity about things? Was the world around him suddenly more meaningful when he played with others? Talent usually means a kind of natural intuition, a sense of knowing where to go and what to do. Little Lionel probably thought he invented body feints.
So, do young defenders come with a sense of intuition, too? A kind of a sixth sense in the management of space in relation to the ball? On the face of it, that’s a lot more difficult to be intuitive about than controlling a ball. That probably explains the relative rarity of super obviously talented young defenders compared to super obviously talented young attackers.