The first 16-year-old star in the history of the Champions League knockout round

10 Mar 2022 | 09:58 | Football

 Sporting star Rodrigo Ribeiro has gone down in history as the youngest player in Champions League knockout history.

Pep speaks after the victory over Sporting

The Portuguese side have been knocked out of Europe’s top flight following a goalless draw with Premier League champions Manchester City, having suffered a 0-5 defeat in the first leg. In this morning’s match, Rodrigo carved his name into history.

At 16 years and 315 days, Rodrigo has now become the youngest player to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, and the first to do so before turning 17.


Sporting starlet Rodrigo becomes first 16-year-old to play in Champions League knockout round - Bóng Đá

 Rodrigo is the youngest in the history of the knockout round of C1.

Not the youngest player to have entered the tournament, Youssoufa Moukoko made his group stage debut for Dortmund in 2020 aged 16 years 18 days.

Notably, Rodrigo is less than half the age of Man City goalkeeper Scott Carson, who made history after he came on from the bench in the second half, becoming the player with the largest gap between the teams. appearances in the Champions League (nearly 17 years).

Sporting will return home to compete with the top team Porto, they are 6 points behind this opponent. Meanwhile, Man City will turn its attention to the Premier League and try to keep a distance from Liverpool, and at the same time pay attention to the next opponent in the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals.