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The Champions League’s Youngest Debutants

Real Madrid’s Martin Ødegaard had the chance to become the Champions League’s youngest ever player, but has been left out of their match day squad ahead of their match against Schalke on Tuesday.

So today, the Fan Park Crew have decided to take a look at the some players who did get their chance at becoming the youngest professionals to play in the illustrious competition.

Jack Wilshere - 16 years, 10 months and 24 days

In 2008, the England International was brought on in Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Dynamo Kiev. He was tipped as the next best thing out of England back then - but his career has somewhat stalled due to injuries and behavioural issues off the field.

Chris Mavrias - 16 years, seven months and 29 days

Since making his Champions League debut in 2010 for Panathinaikos, the 21-year-old is relatively unknown. He went to English club Sunderland on loan, but has since gone back to the Greek club on loan - after failing to cement a spot in red and white.

Youri Tielemans - 16 years, four months and 25 days

The young Belgian midfielder made his debut in 2013, and already played well over 50 games for Anderlecht before his 18th birthday. He is definitely one to watch for the future!

Alen Halilovic - 16 years, four months and six days             

He has since joined Spanish giants Barcelona, but the young Croatian made his UCL debut against PSG in 2012 for Dinamo Zagreb, and has even been called the ‘Croatian Messi’. Let's see what he can do when he’s given the chance for the Catalan club.

Celestine Babayaro - 16 years, two months and 25 days

The former Chelsea left-back still holds the record for the youngest ever player in Champions League history, and it was in 1994 when he made his debut for Anderlecht. In the same game, he was sent off for a bad challenge, and only appeared in the competition again five years later for the Blues.

Can you think of any other memorable debuts by younger players in the competition? 


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