What happened to 10 most expensive teens as Chelsea splash £20m on Chukwuemeka

Chelsea are ready to part ways with £20million to sign Aston Villa's teenage sensation Carney Chukwuemeka.

Chukwuemeka was the shining star of England's U19 European Championship triumph this summer, and with 12 months on his deal at Villa Park, Steven Gerrard's hand was forced. But even with the huge fee, Chukwuemeka doesn't break into the top 10 for most expensive teens.

And Daily Star Sport is looking at what happened to the most expensive teenagers in history – from a Ballon d'Or contender to a loan flop. While most have turned out to be a roaring success, there are a couple the youngster will be hoping not to emulate.

Kylian Mbappe – £162m

The most expensive teenager of all time is none other than PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe burst onto the scene for Monaco as his goals fired the Monégasque side into the semi-finals of Europe's premier competition. And his form convinced PSG to hand over £162million – after an initial loan – for his services.

The Frenchman was recently handed a multi-million contract as PSG hope he can lead them to a first Champions League triumph.

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Joao Felix – £114.5m

The second and final teenager to cost north of £100m is Portuguese star Joao Felix.

Atletico Madrid has just earned a pretty penny from selling Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona – and Diego Simeone's side immediately plashed the cash of Felix, who had impressed at Benfica. Felix has quietly plugged away in Spain.

And the 22-year-old recently inspired Atleti to win over Manchester United.

Matthijs de Ligt – £77m

In 2019, Ajax went on a run from their wildest dreams deep in the knock-out rounds of the quarter-finals.

Matthijs de Ligt was their command-in-chief, Captain Marvel if you will, and his best moment came when he nodded the Amsterdam side ahead in the tie against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium. The performance convinced the Old Lady he had to be theirs.

And so the following summer De Ligt moved to Turin to the tune of £77million.

Anthony Martial – £54m

Like Mbappe, Anthony Martial impressed as a youngster in the micro-nation before forcing a mega-money move.

When Martial moved to United, on Deadline Day in 2015, he was the most expensive teenager ever by some margin. Of course, there were some eyebrows raised, but following a quality performance against Liverpool, he quickly won over the fans.

Times have been tough since, and he was even sent out on loan to Sevilla to regain some form last season.

Rodrygo – £40.5m

Real Madrid took a huge gamble when they parted ways with £40.5million for the youngster.

But Rodrygo has since paid them back ten-fold – especially in last season's Champions League win. Rodrygo was worth his weight in gold as Los Blancos never knew when to quit with late goals against PSG and Manchester City.

However, Rodrygo didn't have the biggest impact on Real's Champions League win…

Vinicius Junior – £40.5m

Instead, that was Vinicius Junior, who also paid back the £40.5million Real spent on him as a youngster from Flamengo.

Vinicius Jr found himself unmarked at the back post during last season's Champions League final, and all the Brazilian had to do was turn the ball home. His goal was the only strike of the final, and the European Cup headed back to Madrid.

During his time at Madrid, Vinicius Jr has emerged as one of the best youngsters on the planet.

Fabio Silva – £36m

Perhaps the first flop on the list is Wolves' Fabio Silva – to be fair to the youngster he still has time on his side.

However, in 54 appearances for the Midlands side, the Portuguese youngster has only found the net on four occasions. And he has even struggled to break into the first-team side at Molineux at times over the past two seasons.

Silva has since been loaned out to Anderlecht for the 2022/23 campaign.

Luke Shaw – £33.8m

Luke Shaw seemed to have the world at his feet at a young age – and his form at Southampton convinced the Red Devils that £33.8million was a reasonable price.

Shaw started off life well at United, but a horror leg break during a Champions League clash set his development back. Shaw also had public battles with Jose Mourinho when the Special One was in charge at Old Trafford.

Shaw did find the net for England in the Euro 2020 final – when, for a brief moment, it seemed football was coming home.

Wayne Rooney – £33.3m

Wayne Rooney was once the most expensive youngster on the planet, and his price tag was more than justified.

When as a teenager Rooney jogged onto the pitch at Goodison Park for the first time his talents were there for everyone to see. That goal against Arsenal still lives in the heads of every Toffees fan, but Rooney was soon on his way to the Red Devils.

It's safe to say Rooney's time at United was a success.

Javier Saviola – £32.3m

Before Rooney was Europe's resident wonderkid, there was Javier Saviola, who, in 2001, swapped River Plate for Barcelona for £32.2million.

Saviola earned comparisons to Diego Maradona in his homeland – and he impressed at the Camp Nou. But Saviola went from hero to zero when he swapped the Blaugrana for Real when his Barca contract expired in 2007.

Saviola hung up his boots in 2016 after a return to River Plate.


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