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Premier League has always been a fruitful ground for young players and rising talents. And many of them got to start in games while still being teenagers. Just take note of these names; Phil Neville, Damien Duff, Aaron Lennon, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, etc. They all had their dreams come true and played in the Premier League prior to turning 20. Compiling a gradated list and determining who was the best teenager in the Premier League would be really difficult. There are simply so many candidates and so many opinions on the matter that we will let you decide on a winner. Here are our suggestions for the greatest teenagers to play in the Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson has always had a keen eye for talent, but the acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo is one of his best moves. He was a skinny 18-year-old when he signed for the Man. United and went on to become one of the best players, if not the best, in the world. And the team from Old Trafford made quite a deal acquiring him for £12.24 million and releasing him to Real Madrid for a whopping £80m, a world record at the time.
This Liverpool legend was in fact so good, he had a special nickname with the fans: The God. He earned his first notch on the Liverpool jersey when he was just 18 and went on to become one of the best players that ever stepped on the pitch in the Premier League. His legendary fiver in the second game he played in Liverpool is still alive and vivid in the memory of the fans, a mere 25 years after it happened.
Since lists like these are usually riddled with players that either played for Man. United or Liverpool, it is only fair to mention one of the youngest players ever to start in the Premier League. Cesc was only 16 years and 177 days old when he started his first game and he still is the youngest scorer in Arsenal’s history. Barcelona usually doesn’t make mistakes when it comes to young and talented players, but they surely messed this one up when they allowed him to leave. Cesc would eventually go back to Spain, but not before leaving a great legacy for the Gunners and becoming one of the best midfielders of his era.
There is no doubt that the name Wayne Rooney will forever be written using the golden font in the history books of the Premier League. This youngster was worth £26m, and Man. United gladly paid it to Everton back in 2004. The rest is history. Appearing for the United in 393 games and scoring 183 goals, this legend of the club played a crucial role in winning all of the titles during his 13-year stint at the club. He became the integral cog of the squad and the national team as well and will be remembered as one of the purest scorers that stepped out on the grass of Old Trafford.
Who would be your pick for the greatest teenagers to play in the Premier League