πŸ‘¦ ⚽ πŸ”₯ 16-year-olds who are flourishing in Europe's top leagues
πŸ‘¦ ⚽ πŸ”₯ 16-year-olds who are flourishing in Europe's top leagues
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πŸ‘¦ ⚽ πŸ”₯ 16-year-olds who are flourishing in Europe's top leagues

Football is one of the most beautiful games that the world of sport has been blessed with; whether you enjoy the Premier League or just about everything - there is every little bit of action for everyone.

We have seen some young players come up over the years and dominated the football realm but how exciting can it get when you have 16-year-olds who are making names for themselves in their respective senior teams - while in the normal world it is deemed 'too young'.

Futaa takes a look at the four players who have been making global headlines from four different leagues across the world.

Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes - Ligue 1) 🇦🇴

The Angolan youngster born to Congolese parents has been one bright star in France and his talent has been there for everyone to see and enjoy. Despite his talent as a defensive midfielder, Camavinga has been deemed to have a football IQ that is above normal and that has also shown his maturity for a player who is still so young. 

Rennes discovered the gem that is Camavinga when he was playing for a local club called ​AGL Drapeau Fougères on the outskirts of the former and from there it proved to be a success. 

It's incredible to think that he is still going to school and still lives at the academy and all while playing in topflight football - one can only wonder where he gets the mental capacity to handle all of this at his age but that is where his maturity has been spoken about time and time again in the media. 

The Angolan-Congolese star is gifted technically and physically and it is visible when he is in the midfield and how he takes on seasoned players - he is gifted in the sense that he is versatile ​- can defend, tackle, head the ball, create, score, assist; you name it. 

With that kind of display, you can't be surprised when you hear that he is garnering interest from big clubs across the world - who wouldn't want to sign this Ligue 1 prodigy?

Speaking of Ligue 1, Camavinga found himself being the first Rennes player to win the Ligue 1 Player of the Month award for August since Ousmane Dembele in 2016.

He was nominated alongside ​Nimes' Zinedine Ferhat and Toulouse's Baptiste Reynet - he also became the youngest player to ever win the accolade in French topflight. 

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Ansu Fati (Barcelona - La Liga) 🇬🇼 🇪🇸

Another big name that has come out and dominated football headlines and touched the hearts of fans alike with his exceptional quality. One can't even begin to fault the youngster's first touch - it produces gold.

Fati was born in ​Guinea-Bissau but eventually made the move to Sevilla, Spain when he was six years old and little did he know that his life would change for the better. 

The winger joined the Barcelona academy at the age of ten after he had played for clubs in Herrera and youth teams in Sevilla. 

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From what has been seen, Fati is a rather pacy winger who can outrun defenders and thoroughly enjoys one-on-one set-ups where the best of him is brought out. His maturity and confidence in topflight football go beyond his years and that is why is highly-rated at this stage of his career. 

Fati who scored his debut goal on August 31, quickly became Barcelona senior team's youngest goalscorer and the third-youngest in the history of La Liga - what a feat at the tender age of 16. 

The youngster also added another statistic to his record on September 14 when he became the youngest player in the history of Spanish topflight to score and assist in the same match - he scored in the 2nd minute of the game against Valencia and assisted Frenkie de Jong's goal five minutes after.

There is no doubt that this young man's future is bright and what a delight to see him dominating La Liga considering the pressure that comes with playing for such teams and the rich history behind them. 

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Harvey Elliot (Liverpool - Premier League) 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

England-born Elliot is coming up the ranks and it's out there for the football fans to see why Jurgen Klopp wanted him at Liverpool and the difference he has made in a short space of time in the Premier League.

Elliot came through the ranks of Queens Park Rangers in the English Championship before making his move to Fulham where he made his senior debut in September 2018. He went on to be the club’s youngest ever first-team player and the youngest to ever feature in the EFL Cup at 15 years and 174 days. 

As a winger, the wonderkid plays on the right and has been praised for his bravery that is beyond his years when he steps on the pitch.


He has the natural ability to read a game with minimum effort and knows how to position himself close to the final defender and this display made him attract the interest of several clubs because he brings something unique and refreshing to a team. 

Fasttrack to July 2018, 2019 he found himself signing on the dotted lines for Liverpool - a dream come true for the youngster and made his debut on September 25 against Milton Keynes in the EFL Cup and became the youngest-ever player to start for Liverpool. 

What a start for this teenage sensation in his new life in English topflight and is yet to be seen what tricks he has up his sleeve as he progresses. 

Luke Matheson (Rochdale -League One) 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Well! What can we say about this youngster who was not on the radar until September 25 when he scored the equaliser for Rochdale against Manchester United in the EFL Cup at Old Trafford and there his name started dominated headlines and everyone wanted to know who this sensation is. 

Matheson like the above also came through the academy ranks and ​was awarded his senior debut on September 4, 2018, during an EFL Cup group stage game against Bury - he was 15 years and 336 days making him Rochdale's youngest player to debut for the side. 

The youngster was quoted by Manchester Evening News, saying that he went back to school on Thursday but further added that it wasn't a normal day for him as the school was buzzing with his name but said he was grateful for the positive comments he had received after he scored that cracker.

Matheson attends the Trinity Church of England High School all while trying to juggle his studies but he seems to have the discipline and knows how to prioritise both the things that mean the world to him. 

At the tender age of 16, he has already put his name out there and it won't be a shock when the top clubs start knocking at the door inquiring about his services. 

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