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Alan Shearer and Micah Richards name the greatest teenagers in Premier League history

Mudeet Arora
Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo both make the list of Shearer and Richards
Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo both make the list of Shearer and Richards / Gary M. Prior/GettyImages
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Premier League legends Alan Shearer and Micah Richards have picked Wayne Rooney as their choice for the greatest teenage player in the league's history while selecting their top 10 choices for the same.

The English striker scored 42 goals for both club and country before turning the age of 20. Rooney also became the most expensive teenager in history when he joined Manchester United from Everton for £26m in 2004.

"He embodied bursting onto the scene," said Richards on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.

"He changed everything."

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker added: "He was so good, so competitive, his whole game was amazing.

"I even thought perhaps he worked too hard, running back and chasing defenders. That might be why he got the injuries he did."


Alan Shearer’s top 10 greatest teenagers in Premier League history: 

1. Wayne Rooney

2. Robbie Fowler

3. Michael Owen

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

5. Cesc Fabregas

6. Nicolas Anelka

7. Rio Ferdinand

8. Joe Cole

9. Phil Foden

10. Micah Richards


Micah Richards’ top 10 greatest teenagers in Premier League history: 

1. Wayne Rooney

2. Nicolas Anelka

3. Michael Owen

4. Robbie Fowler

5. Cesc Fabregas

6. Micah Richards

7. Rio Ferdinand

8. Phil Foden

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

10. Joe Cole


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