Most expensive teenage footballers – Now more than ever, the best young players in world football command some of the most astonishing transfer fees clubs are willing to pay. Some managers prefer to invest in proven quality despite the premium price tag carried by such players, while others opt to comb through several countries across the globe in search of hidden gems.
Below is the list of the top 20 most expensive teenage footballers ever.
Once considered one of the most highly rated players of his generation, Stephan El Sharaawy’s stock has dwindled since bursting onto the scene in the 2013-14 season. The tricky winger joined AC Milan for £10.85m aged 18-years-old in June 2011 and became the club’s youngest ever Champions League goalscorer with a strike against Zenit just a couple of weeks shy of his 20th birthday. However, stuttering form and recurring injuries have rattled his momentum following an impressive 2013-14 season, restricting him to just 28 appearances for the Rossoneri during the following two campaigns. El Shaarawy is now spending a year on loan at Monaco, with the deal becoming guaranteed if he plays a certain amount of games.
Following a protracted £11.38m move from Heerenveen to Ajax in 2008, Miralem Sulejmani made a hugely promising impact during his first season with the Eredivisie giants. The skilful wide man, who was 19-years-old at the time of the transfer, then became the most expensive Dutch player of all-time and matched the record with a 10-goal haul during his first campaign with the Amsterdam club. Sulejmani continued to impress and came within an approved work permit of joining West Ham in August 2010, but he remained in Holland before eventually signing for Benfica following an injury-ravaged final two seasons at Ajax.