Very often in football, especially domestic, we hear that young players need a lot of time to adapt to senior football, and even those who are very clearly proved himself at youth level. Questions of psychology, of course, primary in this aspect, however, is far from obvious that they’re stakeholders just don’t want to cover the apparent failure of the player to progress to a higher level, which is professional football.
In the world there are many examples where at a very early age “light up star” of a player, who until his retirement he was able to keep the bar at the highest level. Example Pele, who in 1958 became the world champion in 17 years, is already a textbook, but today we will not deep dive into the history, and highlight the nine new players who very early on made his debut at the professional level and have achieved considerable heights in the career.
9. NEYMAR is 17 years 3 months 5 days
About the talent of Neymar, who was educated at the Academy of Santos, started talking quite early. A number of top European clubs found out that this boy has fantastic speed, technique and understanding of the game, which Santos had to quickly coordinate with him the details of the first professional contract, which was immediately spelled out fabulous for the Brazilian market compensation. It scared wanting to get talent into its ranks, but later we all know that in the summer of 2013 Barcelona paid for Neymar over 88 million Euro, which seemed an incredible amount for the 21-year-old footballer.
On a professional level Neymar made his debut for Santos on 10 may 2009 in a match of the Brazilian Serie A vs Gremio (1:1). At the time the player Vagner Mancini had released in the starting lineup, was only 17 years 3 months and 5 days. My current 28 year-old Neymar not only has managed to win with the “Barcelona” and “Paris Saint-Germain” Championships of Spain and France respectively, as well as in the ranks of “blaugranas” triumphat in the Champions League, but also set the world transfer record to 222 million Euro exactly what the Parisians bought out the contract of the Brazilian at Barca.
8. Kilian MBAPPE – 16 years 11 months 12 days
Star Kilian Mbappe began rapidly to ascend in Monaco, which in the 2015-16 season, took third place in the championship of France, and a year later with a lead of 8 points from the “Paris Saint-Germain” won the tournament. In the championship 2015/16 and held Mbappe professional debut in football. The Creator of success “Monaco” Leonardo Jardim has issued Kilian in the home match of the team against “Caen” (1:1) at 88 minutes instead of the Portuguese fábio coentrão. At that time Mbappe was only 16 years 11 months and 12 days.
Less than two years before Mbappe changed “Monaco” to “Paris St Germain”. Parisians first took Kilian lease and then bought out his contract for € 180 million. This scheme transfers were needed only in order for the club from the capital of France was able to fit into the rigid requirements of the financial fair play imposed by UEFA.
7. Gareth BALE is 16 years, 9 months, 1 day
In the Academy, “Southampton” Gareth bale hit a 10-year-old boy, and a little less than 17 made his debut at the professional level. Then the young bale played for another cornerback, otlichalis phenomenal speed and excellent performance standards. The Manager of the “saints” of those times, George Burley believed in the talent of Gareth and released him in the starting lineup for the match of championship against “Millwall”. The game ended with the victory of “Southampton” with the score 2:0, and bale played the full 90 minutes.
A year later, bale moved from “Southamton” in “Tottenham” almost 15 million euros. In London, the Welshman was able to bloom in all its glory, then he started actively hunting almost all top clubs of the continent. Much has been said about “Manchester United”, but in the end faster and more successful than all was “real”, which took away the right to sign Bale, a record at that time for the world of football money 101 million euros.
6. Alexis SANCHEZ – 16 years 1 month 23 days
To play football Alexis sánchez have started to “Aural” from his native Tocopilla, but at age 16 moved to the Chilean club “Cobreloa”, which debuted at the professional level on 12 February 2005 in the match against “Deportes Temuco”. Having quickly become one of the key players of his team, Sanchez attracted the attention of scouts from Europe, which allowed him to get a contract at Udinese, playing for which he began after two loans in the “Kolo-Kolo” and “river Plate”.
In the summer of 2011, Alexis sánchez moved to Barcelona, paid for the transfer of 26 million euros. There actually did well, which allowed “blaugranas” profitable to resell the Chilean three years later to Arsenal for 42.5 million euros. In the camp of Arsenal’s Sanchez sparkled with new colors, but his next career decision on transition in “Manchester United” was frankly bad. Now Alexis is on loan stands for “inter”, which, obviously, would not wish to buy out the contract of South African red devils have, and that next season will continue their miserable attempts to prove the right into place in the first team at United.
5. Erling HOLLAND – 15 years, 9 months, 21 days
Norwegian Prodigy Erling Holland very early got into adult football. He began not in the Academy any Grand and modest even by the standards of Norway’s Bryne FK, the highest achievement of which the 94-year history of the club is one win in the national Cup and two silver elite division. 12 may 2016, Holland, who at that time was only 15 years 9 months and 21 days, entered the field in the 7th round of the OBOS League (second grade division of the system of the football leagues of Norway) against the “ranheim Il”. Holland was released from the bench in the 69th minute, but he couldn’t help his team to avoid defeat (0:1).
In February of 2017 Holland for 100 thousand euros went to Molde, where he spent just under two years, after which over 8 million euros went to the Austrian “Salzburg”. There Erling took another year to grow to the level of the top of the League in January of this year, Holland for the 20 million euros he moved to Borussia Dortmund, just as soon as zacharovas all the fans-his 9 goals in 8 starting for the Bundesliga games for “black and yellow”.
4. Martin ØDEGAARD is 15 years 3 months 27 days
A graduate of the Norwegian “Stromsgodset” Martin Ødegaard jumped in adult football from the boys. On a professional level, this midfielder made his debut on 13 April 2014 in a match against “Alesund” when he was merely 15 years, 3 months and 27 days. He soon signed his first professional contract in his career, and then for 2.8 million euros was sold to real Madrid.
In the camp of “Blancos” debuted on may 23, 2015 in La Liga match against Getafe (7:3), coming on as a 58th minute substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo. However, to gain a foothold in the first team of real Madrid from the first attempt failed, and subsequently went in the way of rents – in “Heerenveen”, “Vitesse” and “real Sociedade”, which is very brightly manifests itself in the current season.
3. Sergio AGUERO is 15 years 1 months 3 days
A graduate of the Academy of the Argentine “Independiente” Sergio Aguero fantastic early made his debut in senior football. It happened July 5, 2003 in a match against “San Lorenzo”, when the player was only 15 years 1 month and 3 days. Coach Independiente of those times Oscar Ruggeri released Aguero on the bench in the second half thanks to Sergio broke the record of Diego Maradona, which was relevant in 1976.
In the summer of 2006 Sergio Aguero moved to Europe, signing a contract with “Atletico” from Madrid. “Plans” paid for the transfer of almost 22 million euros, but after five years sold the striker for 40 million to Manchester city where Aguero stands to this day, having become the best goalscorer in the club’s history “citizens”.
2. James RODRIGUEZ is 14 years 10 months 9 days
The football career of James Rodriguez started at home in Colombia in the “Envigado”. In this team he made his debut at the professional level, playing his first match on 21 may 2006, when he was less than 15 years! Very soon, James spotted the scouts of the Argentine “the Banfield”, where the midfielder and moved in early 2008 for a modest 280 thousand euros.
After two and a half years, “Banfield” resold Rodriguez in the “Port” for of 7.35 million euros, which, turn, through three seasons was released the Colombian in Monaco for 45 million. However, the record in the career of James Rodriguez transfer took place in the summer of 2014, when real Madrid paid for him is 75 million euros. Since then, the player tries to prove their right to play for real, but it turns out he is, to put it mildly, not very…
1. Radamel FALCAO is 13 years 6 months 18 days
Brilliant Colombian goalscorer Radamel Falcao, who became famous in Europe in games for Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, was born on 10 February 1986 and August 28, 1999 at the age of 13 and a half years, made his debut at the professional level for the “Lanseros Boyaca”, where he was sent to gain experience native “Millonarios”. Subsequently, in South America, Falcao played more for the Argentine “river plate”, which gave the striker a start in European football, because it is from the ranks of this team Radamel for 5.5 million euros moved into a “Port”.
In the summer of 2013 in the career of Falcao has been the most expensive transfer, when he is over 43 million euros from atlético bought Monaco. In the autumn of last year the experienced striker left camp “Monegasques” after moving to Galatasaray, where his 34 years is a very valuable player first team-his 9 goals in 14 matches in the super League.