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Who is the most expensive football player in the world in 2022? For sure, Paris Saint Germain’s Kylian Mbappé holds that record.
But who are the other valuable teenagers in the world of football that clubs paid huge money for to play for them?
NaijNaira takes a look at the top 10 most expensive teenagers in football history to date.
The 10 Highest-Paid Teenagers in World Football
10. Javier Saviola – River Plate to Barcelona (€35.9M)
Saviola is a former Argentine professional footballer who played for notable clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid in his career.
The forward started his career at River Plate in 1998 at the age of 16 and played there for three years before moving to Barcelona in 2001 at the age of 19 for a fee of €35.9M.
9. Wayne Rooney – Everton to Man Utd (€37M)
Rooney is a former English professional footballer who played most of his club football at Manchester United.
The England all-time record goalscorer started his career at Everton in 2002. He spent two years with the Toffees before signing for the Old Trafford Club in 2004 at the age of 18 for a fee of €37M.
8. Luke Shaw – Southampton to Man Utd (€37.5M)
Shaw plays as a left-back for Manchester United. He started his career at Southampton in 2011 and played there till 2014 before joining the Red Devils at the age of 19 for a fee of €37.5M making him the most expensive teenager in world football.
7. Fábio Silva – FC Porto to Wolves (€40M)
Silva plays as a striker for Anderlecht on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He started his career at Porto in 2019 before joining Wolves at the age of 18 for a fee of €40M.
6. Vinícius Júnior – Flamengo to Real Madrid (€45M)
Vinícius currently plays as a winger for Real Madrid. Considered one of the best players in the world, the Brazilian started his career at Flamengo in 2017 and played there for one season before joining the Galacticos in 2018 at the age of 18 for a fee of €45M.
5. Rodrygo – Santos to Real Madrid (€45M)
Rodrygo plies his trade as a forward for Real Madrid. The Brazilian started his career at Santos in 2017 and played for them for two years before joining Los Blancos in 2019 at the age of 18 for a massive fee of €45M.
4. Anthony Martial – Monaco to Man Utd (€60M)
Martial plays as a forward for Manchester United. The Frenchman started his career at Lyon in 2012 and moved to Monaco in 2013.
He then joined the Red Devils in 2015 at the age of 19 for a fee of €60M.
3. Matthijs de Ligt – Ajax to Juventus (€85M)
De Ligt plays as a defender for Bayern Munich. The Dutchman started his career at Ajax in 2016 and moved to Juventus in 2019 at the age of 19 for a fee of €85M.
2. João Félix – Benfica to Atlético Madrid (€127M)
Félix plays for Atletico Madrid as a forward. The Portuguese started his career at Benfica in 2016 and joined Los Colchoneros in 2019 at the age of 19 for a huge fee of €127M making him Atlético’s most expensive signing ever.
1. Kylian Mbappé – Monaco to PSG (€180M)
Mbappé currently plays as a forward for Paris Saint Germain. Considered one of the best players in the world, the 2018 FIFA World cup winner started his career at Monaco in 2015.
He played for them for three years before signing for Ligue 1 giants PSG in 2018 at the age of 19 for a fee reported being around €180M, making him the most expensive teenager and the second-most expensive player in the world.
This article was updated 3 months ago