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Active players who had made their senior debuts before Jamal Musiala was born

Ali Rampling
Feb 25, 2021, 6:15 PM GMT
Just how infuriatingly young is Jamal Musiala?
Just how infuriatingly young is Jamal Musiala? | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
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Jamal Musiala has played for Bayern Munich's first team, scored in the Champions League and been the subject of a tug of war between two of the top international footballing nations - all before the age of 18.

The midfielder is young - like, infuriatingly young. He was born on 26 February 2003, meaning he had his GCSEs graded using numbers, he was just two months old when S Club 7 split up and the first football tournament he remembers was probably the 2010 World Cup - which could go a long way to explaining why he chose to represent Germany over England at international level.

If that's not enough to make you feel old, here's a list of players who had made their senior, professional debuts before Musiala had been born.

1. Radamel Falcao

Falcao made his senior debut nearly four years before Musiala was born
Falcao made his senior debut nearly four years before Musiala was born | PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/Getty Images

Falcao was a real self-starter, getting quite a lot done before Musiala was born. He made his debut for Lanceros Boyaca in the Colombian second tier way back in August 1999 - at the age of just 13.

With Musiala still as yet not out in the world, the forward had scored his first senior goal and commanded a $500,000 fee in a move River Plate in February 2002.

2. Phil Jagielka

Jagielka is still being called upon in the top flight
Jagielka is still being called upon in the top flight | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

There are a full 35 months between Phil Jagielka making his senior debut and Jamal Musiala being born.

The centre back burst onto the scene for Sheffield United against Swindon in May 2000, and had become a first time regular by the time Musiala was born midway through the 2002/03 season.

3. Marta

Marta is one of the game's all-time greats
Marta is one of the game's all-time greats | Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Footballing icon Marta made her senior bow in 2000 for Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama at the tender age of 14.

Before Musiala was born, she had also made her senior international debut for Brazil - aged 16 - in 2002, and she had won the World Cup Golden Boot before Musiala started primary school.

4. Giorgio Chiellini

Chiellini not looking a day over 18
Chiellini not looking a day over 18 | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Chiellini made his senior debut in the Italian third tier for Livorno during the 2000/01 season. Before Musiala was born, the defender had already been sold to Roma for €3.1m.

He won his second of his nine Serie A title with Juventus at the end of the 2012/13 season - around about the time Musiala was taking his cycling proficiency test.

5. Branislav Ivanovic

Ivanovic is still plying his trade in the top flight
Ivanovic is still plying his trade in the top flight | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Ivanovic made his senior debut for his home town club in 2002; semi-professional Serbian outfit FK Srem.

When the defender won his second Premier League title with Chelsea in 2015, Musiala was playing for the Blues' Under-13 side.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is still among the best in the world
Ronaldo is still among the best in the world | MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images

Just like Musiala, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner made his professional debut aged 17.

Ronaldo first played for Sporting CP in September 2002, and had featured in the Primeira Liga and the UEFA Cup and scored five professional goals before Musiala was born.

7. Nigel de Jong

Musiala was seven when this happened
Musiala was seven when this happened | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

De Jong made his professional debut for Ajax in October 2002, a month before he turned 18.

The midfielder - who is currently plying his trade for Qatar outfit Al-Shahania SC - then netted his maiden senior goal on 18 February 2003 - eight days before Musiala was born.

8. Andres Iniesta

Iniesta made his Spain debut when Musiala was three
Iniesta made his Spain debut when Musiala was three | Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

From one 2010 World Cup final hero to another.

Iniesta made his senior debut for Barcelona against Club Brugge on 29 October 2002 - 10 days after De Jong first turned out for Ajax.

The midfielder had won five La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and the World Cup before Musiala had turned 10.

9. James Milner

Milner remains a Premier League stalwart
Milner remains a Premier League stalwart | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Milner became the second youngest player in Premier League history when he made his debut for Leeds against West Ham in November 2002 - two months shy of his 17th birthday.

The Liverpool man has since dropped down to 16th in the list of youngest Premier League players - but Musiala was still minus three months old when Milner made his professional bow.

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