The UEFA Champions League’s youngest debutants

One of a good joys of examination a UEFA Champions League is saying fresh-faced prospects announce their talent to a world. We applaud a youngest players to have graced Europe’s tip bar competition.

Céléstine Babayaro (16 years and 87 days)
Anderlecht 1-1 Steaua, 23 Nov 1994

The Nigerian left-back became a youngest actor in UEFA Champions League story when he started for Anderlecht opposite Steaua in a 1994/95 organisation stage. His ground-breaking entrance set some-more than one record, however, Babayaro apropos a competition’s youngest actor to be sent off 37 mins later. He assimilated Chelsea in 1997, winning a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and FA Cup during Stamford Bridge.

Alen Halilović during his spell during Hamburg

Alen Halilović during his spell during Hamburg©Getty Images

Alen Halilović (16 years and 128 days)
Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain, 24 Oct 2012

Dinamo Zagreb were good on their approach to a home better by Paris when a waif-like Halilović trotted on for a final 5 mins of combined time. Billed as a many sparkling Croatian talent given Luka Modrić, a son of former Dinamo actor Sead Halilović had turn a youngest scorer in Prva Liga story a fortnight earlier. Still available his breakthrough, a 22-year-old assimilated AC Milan this summer.

Youri Tielemans (16 years and 148 days)
Anderlecht 0-3 Olympiacos, 2 Oct 2013

Tielemans initial came on to Anderlecht’s radar as a five-year-old, and a midfielder done fast swell by a ranks before personification all 90 mins of a Belgian side’s home detriment to Olympiacos on his UEFA Champions League debut. He captained a bar before his 20th birthday and switched to Monaco in 2017, assisting Belgium strech a FIFA World Cup semi-finals this summer.

Charis Mavrias in movement opposite Rubin

Charis Mavrias in movement opposite Rubin©Getty Images

Charis Mavrias (16 years and 242 days)
Panathinaikos 0-0 Rubin Kazan, 20 Oct 2010

Panathinaikos incited to Mavrias as they sought a leader with 12 mins remaining of their organisation theatre assembly with Rubin in 2010. The midfielder did not make a dream entrance though after became a club’s youngest ever European scorer and their youngest scorer in a derby diversion opposite Olympiacos. Still usually 24, Mavrias sealed for Scottish side Hibernian from Rijeka progressing this month.

Kenneth Zohore (16 years and 263 days)
Barcelona 2-0 København, 20 Oct 2010

A apart relations of Didier Drogba, Zohore done his UEFA Champions League entrance on a same day as Mavrias – in a shining environment of a Camp Nou. The brazen left København for Fiorentina in 2012 though spent most of his army out on loan, usually anticipating fortitude given he sealed for Cardiff City in 2016. His 9 Championship goals final tenure helped a Welsh outfit sign their lapse to a Premier League.

Peter Ofori-Quaye scored a landmark idea for Olympiacos

Peter Ofori-Quaye scored a landmark idea for Olympiacos©Getty Images

Youngest scorer: Peter Ofori-Quaye (17 years and 195 days)
Rosenborg 5-1 Olympiacos, 1 Oct 1997

Nine mins after his introduction, a Ghanaian brazen struck Olympiacos’s satisfaction in a complicated better by Rosenborg in a 1997/98 organisation stage. His goals during his initial seasons in Piraeus drew copiousness of general attention, though a knee damage eventually wrecked his progress, and he finished his career in his local Ghana in 2012.