1) Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund)
16 years, 1 day
Having watched Moukoko score 141 goals in 88 youth matches, Dortmund lobbied the Bundesliga to lower the minimum age for players from 17 to 16. Once they were successful, the club wasted no time in giving the striker his senior debut just a day after his 16th birthday in the win over Hertha Berlin. He became the league’s youngest ever scorer when he notched aged 16 years and 28 days in a defeat at Union Berlin, 10 days after he became the Champions League’s youngest ever player. Dortmund resisted the temptation to recruit a back-up for Erling Haaland in the knowledge that Moukoko was coming through, and the Norway star is a fan of his young team-mate. “Moukoko is much better than I was at his age,” Haaland said last year. “I have never seen such a good 15-year-old in my life.”
16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko scored a brilliant goal to become the Bundesliga's youngest-ever goalscorer on Friday 🟡⚫️
But Borussia Dortmund still lost to Union Berlin 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/y2MbVLeVmV
— Goal (@goal) December 21, 2020
2) Mohamed-Ali Cho (Angers)
16 years, 7 months, 11 days
Cho made his senior debut in Angers’ 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux at the end of August, since when the England Under-16 international has made eight further substitute appearances. The forward, who turns 17 next week, was born in France but moved to London shortly after. He spent time at West Ham’s academy and was on PSG’s books when he moved briefly back to France. Everton took him at age 11 but he chose to leave Goodison in 2019 because, according to his family, “the project they were proposing not what we were looking for”. Cho took his time to select his next destination before becoming the youngest player ever to sign a professional deal in France last May.
⚡ Mohamed-Ali Cho est le premier joueur né en 2004 à faire ses débuts en @Ligue1UberEats.
— Angers SCO (@AngersSCO) August 30, 2020
3) Antwoine Hackford (Sheffield United)
16 years, 9 months, 13 days
Hackford emerged from the bench for the final 10 minutes of the Blades’ 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago, completing a rise through the ranks at Bramall Lane. The striker featured in United’s Under-18s aged 14 and the Sheffield-born youngster was only 15 when he was selected for the Under-23s. Hackford has been capped by England at Under-15 and Under-16 level.
Antwoine Hackford is the third-youngest player to make a Premier League appearance.
Just 16 years, 13 days old. 👶 pic.twitter.com/hYvqqOOzl8
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 2, 2021
4) Rayan Cherki – Lyon
17 years, 11 days
The attacking midfielder made his debut as a 16-year-old, catching the eyes of Real Madrid and Manchester United in 11 senior appearances last season including a cameo in the Champions League semi-final when he became the youngest player to feature in the knockout rounds two days after his 17th birthday. Cherki, who says he was discovered while playing in a car park, has played 14 further first-team games this term after signing professional terms with Les Gones.
17 – Aged 17 years and 111 days, Lyon's Rayan Cherki is the youngest player ever to receive a red card in Ligue 1. Locker. pic.twitter.com/o1owZmjBBN
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 6, 2020
5) Lucas Gourna-Douath (Saint-Étienne)
17 years, 1 month, 07 days
Eduardo Camavinga, now aged 18, is already the old ‘new Pogba’. The new ‘new Pogba’, according to AS, is Gourna-Douath, who reportedly caught the eye of Mauricio Pochettino in the coach’s first game in charge of PSG. The 17-year-old, though, is more of a defensive screener. He has made 15 appearances this term after his debut in the win over Strasbourg in September.
🤔 Lucas #GournaDouath, le nouveau Bakary Sako…
— AS Saint-Étienne (@ASSEofficiel) June 6, 2020
6) John Joe Patrick Finn (Getafe)
17 years 1 month 11 days
The forward became Getafe’s youngest debutant when he came off the bench in a 3-0 defeat at Levante last month. He has since made five La Liga appearances off the bench as well as a couple of Copa del Rey starts. Patrick, who had trials with Real aged nine, was born in Madrid to an Irish father from Mayo and a French-Cameroonian mother. He’s not the only player with Irish connections on Getafe’s books: Clare-born defender Ryan Nolan, 21, moved to Spain after leaving Inter Milan.
17-year-old John Joe Patrick Finn made his senior debut for Getafe today.
🇮🇪 Dad is from County Mayo, Ireland
🇨🇲 Mother is from Cameroon
🇪🇸 Is also eligible to play for Spain, having lived there his entire life. https://t.co/wCBaeXyRYu
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) December 5, 2020
7) Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
17 years, 2 months, 21 days
The England international has made five further starts after marking his Dortmund debut in September with an assist against Borussia Monchengladbach. Chelsea already want to bring him back to England.
Plays against Bayern in Der Klassiker on Saturday…
Makes international debut and becomes England's third-youngest ever player on Thursday!
A big week in the increasingly remarkable life of 17-year-old Jude Bellingham 🤯 pic.twitter.com/1x2rzFAS2A
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 12, 2020
8) Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
17 years, 4 months, 17 days
Wirtz, an attacking midfielder, became Leverkusen’s youngest ever player and, at the time, the Bundesliga’s third-youngest player when he made his debut upon the league’s restart after the Covid break. He had been with Leverkusen only since last January when he joined from Cologne. Already, Wirtz has signed a new contract while scoring twice and laying on five assists in 13 Bundesliga appearances.
⚽️ Florian Wirtz vs. FC Bayern, 2019/20.
The 17-year-old's first Bundesliga goal! pic.twitter.com/nCD5ZWNPmB
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) July 24, 2020
9) Miguel Rodriguez (Celta Vigo)
17 years, 5 months, 5 days
The Spain Under-17 international, a left-sided right winger, came off the bench for his senior bow in a 2-0 defeat to Osasuna. Rodriguez has made three substitute appearances since, though he has remained on the bench during Getafe’s impressive recent run which was ended by Real Madrid last weekend.
Youngest players in 🇪🇸 La Liga – 2020/21:
🇪🇸/🇮🇪 John Patrick Finn – 17y 1m 11d
🇪🇸 Miguel Rodríguez
🇺🇸 Yunus Musah
🇪🇸 Ansu Fati
🇪🇸 Yéremi Pino
🇪🇸 Gabriel Veiga
🇪🇸 Ángel Jiménez
🇪🇸 Javi López
🇪🇸 Robert Navarro – 18y 8m 4d
— Football Wonderkids (@fbwonderkids) January 11, 2021
10) Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
17 years, 8 months, 26 days
The England Under-21 midfielder made his senior debut with a brief cameo appearance against Freiburg last season when he became the youngest player to appear for Bayern in the Bundesliga. This term he has netted three goals in 11 Bundesliga appearances, becoming Bayern youngest ever scorer on the opening day of the campaign. Stuttgart-born Musiala moved to England aged seven before joining Chelsea’s academy. He swapped the Bridge for Bavaria in summer 2019.
What a month English teenager Jamal Musiala is having!
🗓️ December 1: Makes #UCL debut
🗓️ December 5: A great finish for Bayern Munich in a big game at the top of the Bundesliga
He's only 17! 👏 pic.twitter.com/YrZiwGqSce
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 6, 2020