10 most expensive teenagers in football history
Spending big on teenage footballers has always been received with varied opinions. Argued from both sides, some say it plays a big role in inflating the already oversized egos of modern day footballers, whereas a different faction believes that it shows a great deal of faith from the club investing in the player. Professional Footballers’ Association chief Gordon Taylor even suggested to put the wages of young footballers into a trust until they are mature enough to spend it. Understandably it never happened. Anyway, while the world argues over the ethics of spending on young players, we take a look at the ten most expensive teenagers in football history!
#10 Sergio Aguero - 15 million
Age – 18
Position – Striker
Transfer – Independiente to Atletico Madrid
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Manchester City’s explosive forward Sergio Aguero joined Independiente’s youth system at the age of nine. Soon enough, he made his professional debut for the first team against San Lorenzo at the age of just 15 years and 35 days, becoming the youngest player to debut in the Argentine Primera Division, a record previously held by footballing legend Diego Maradona.
Seven months later, the diminutive striker achieved another personal milestone by becoming the youngest player to participate in the Copa Libertadores helping Independiente achieve a 4-2 win against Peru’s Cienciano in 2004. Aguero’s breakthrough came in the 2005/06 campaign where he ended the season with 18 goals in 36 league games, making him a subject of interest for many high profile clubs.
Subsequently, Spain’s Atletico Madrid beat the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus to complete a £15 million move for the then 18-year-old. Aguero went on to spearhead Atletico’s attack for five years winning the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in the process before a big money move saw him move to the Premier League with Manchester City in 2011.