Picture : Lamine Yamal broke the record !

Youngest starters in UCL

Barcelona's winger Lamine Yamal set another record in the last Champions League game vs Porto (1-0). Aged 16 years 83 days, he became the youngest ever player to start a game in the competition.
Yamal surpassed just on 3 days the pretty old UCL record of Celestine Babayaro who was selected in November 1994 for Anderlecht XI against Steaua at 16 years 86 days. (It wasn’t successful debut for the Nigerian: he was sent off in the game).
On this occasion, we publish the ranking of Champions League’s youngest starters. Seven players have earned a start before turning 17.
Notably, all 5 first positions in the ranking are taken by players starting for Barcelona (2) or Anderlecht (3).

 PlayerNationalityClubAge GameDate
1Lamine Yamal  SpainBarcelona16-083 Porto 1-004.10.2023
2Célestine Babayaro NigeriaAnderlecht16-086 Steaua 1-123.11.1994
3Youri Tielemans BelgiumAnderlecht16-148 Olympiacos 0-302.10.2013
4Ansu Fati  SpainBarcelona16-321 Borussia Dortmund 0-017.09.2019
5Anthony Vanden BorreBelgiumAnderlecht16-326Valencia 0-214.09.2004
6Warren Zaïre-EmeryFrancePSG16-343Bayern Munich 0-114.02.2023
7Roony BardghjiSwedenCopenhagen16-352Borussia Dortmund 1-102.11.2022