Benni McCarthy is still talked about to this day as arguably South Africa’s best export following his move to Ajax Amsterdam when he was just 20. This week Orlando Pirates confirmed that striker Lyle Foster has joined AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1 – and the junior international is in good company.
Foster, 18, will work with the reserve team and look to impress over the next four years of his contract.
Click through the gallery SA's young talent.
Soccer Ladumacompiled a list of SA players who signed European contracts when they were 20 or under, and they are:
Lebo Mothiba– Now at FC Strasbourg after joining Lille in 2014.
Ayanda Patosi– Signed for Lokeren in Belgium before he’d ever played in the PSL.
Luther Singh– From Farouk Khan’s famed Stars of Africa Academy to Sweden.
Nhlakanipho Ntuli– A bright prospect for Orlando Pirates who was quickly snapped up by FC Twente in Holland as soon as he turned 18.
Tashreeq Matthews– The latest young sensation who joined Borussia Dortmund in November aged just 18.
Steven Pienaar– Enjoyed a glittering career abroad playing for Everton, Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur, but his first move was to Ajax Amsterdam when he was 19.
Liam Jordan– Moved from Bidvest Wits to Portugal.
Benni McCarthy– Arguably the best SA export and now Cape Town City coach.