Barcelona: Ansu Fati and the Champions League’s 10 youngest debutants
Barcelona Babayaro, Halilovic, Kean and more
The promising forward, 16, is the latest addition, so we’ve taken a look at the rest of the list.
Still the youngest to ever debut in the Champions League, Babayaro was 16 years, two months and 25 days old when he appeared for Anderlecht against Steaua on November 23, 1994.
The second youngest in the list (16 years, four months and six days), but he couldn’t prevent Dinamo Zagreb from falling 2-0 against Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona won the race to sign him for five million euros, but he’s moved around since. He’s now at AC Milan, though he’s loaned out to Heerenveen.
He was 16 years, four months and 25 days old when he made his debut with Anderlecht. The Belgians lost 3-0 on that October evening in 2013 but after winning two Belgian Pro Leagues and Belgian Super Cups he left for Monaco. He’s now in England with Leicester City.
Sixteen years, seven months and 29 days were behind him when he appeared for a scoreless draw with Panathinaikos against Rubin Kazan on October 20, 2010. He moved around a bit before signing for Omonia Nicosia. He has eight Greece caps.
He also debuted at 16, with eight months and 19 days also behind him. His Copenhagen lost 2-0 to Barcelona. Next up for him was Fiorentina but he’s now with West Bromwich Albion.
The Italian is accustomed to breaking records. He debuted at 16 years, eight months and 25 days in a 3-1 win over Sevilla for Juventus. He’s also Juve‘s youngest ever debutant and the first player born after 2000 to play in the Champions League.
At 16 years, 10 months and five days he appeared on October 31, 2001, in a loss for Spartak Moscow against Feyenoord. Now 34, he’s retired and involved at Anzhi Makhachkala.
He debuted at 16 years, 10 months and five days on December 9, 1998. Another who appeared on the scene early before doing the rounds of European football. This season he retired at 37.