Borussia Dortmund youngster, Youssoufa Moukok, has overtaken Nigeria’s Celestine Babayaro as the youngest player ever to feature in the UEFA Champions League.
Babayaro in the last 26 years had enjoyed the tag of being the youngest player to ever feature in the premium club competition but has now dropped on the pecking order.
Babayaro, a former Super Eagles defender, became the youngest player in UEFA Champions League history when he started for Anderlecht at Steaua in the 1994/95 group stage.
He was just 16 years and 87 days on that day (November 23 1994).
However, Moukoko has lowered the mark when he featured for Dortmund on Tuesday at 16 years and 18 days.
1 – Aged 16 years and 18 days @BlackYellow’s Yousouffa #Moukoko becomes the youngest player to ever appear in the @ChampionsLeague – Moukoko beats Celestine Babayaro’s old record by 67 days. Prospect. #UCL #ZenitBVB pic.twitter.com/F6KCL5dbdY
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 8, 2020
Apart from the record just set in the Champions League, Moukoko recently also set a record in the Bundesliga as the youngest ever debutant in the top German league.
Moukoko made his BVB debut at 16 years and one day at the end of November when he entered his team’s clash against Hertha Berlin for four-goal hero Erling Haaland.
He played the last six minutes as Dortmund ran out 5-2 winners in that particular encounter.
The Cameroon-born Germany youth international has gone on to make two further appearances off the bench in the Bundesliga since coming on for his debut
While Babayaro’s record as the youngest ever to play in the Champions League may has been thrown off the history books, he remains the youngest player to be sent off having only lasted for 37 minutes in his celebrated debut appearance.
He joined Chelsea in 1997, winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.
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