Matthijs De Ligt is officially a Juventus player after completing his €75m switch from Ajax. The Dutchman was unveiled on Thursday and become the third most expensive teenager of all time.
Some of the best football stars changed their teams as teenagers and in recent years, clubs pay more and more for raw potential.
What is more interesting is that Manchester United have three stars out of 10 in the list of most expensive teenagers in football history. In the second place are Real Madrid, as the La Liga giants have two players on the list.
Here are the top 10 most expensive teenagers in football history.
10 – Renato Sanches: Benfica to Bayern Munich in 2016, £27.5m
Football clubs are signing youngsters with the hope of a bright future, however, Bayern Munich failed their attempt to have a great player with the signing of Benfica star Renato Sanches, in 2016. The player fell out of favour, as he scored zero goals in his 15 games on loan at Swansea City in the 2017/18 season. Sanches is now 21, but his future is still unclear.
9 – Wayne Rooney: Everton to Manchester United in 2004, £27m
Wayne Rooney is one of the most expensive three youngsters that Manchester United signed and as you can guess, Red Devils nailed it with signing him. In his 13 years at Old Trafford Rooney made 393 appearances and scored 183 goals. Moreover, he won five Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and many other titles.
8 – Luke Shaw: Southampton to Manchester United in 2014, £31m
It’s Luke Shaw, who comes after Rooney. Shaw, 24, has made 72 appearances for United and has scored a goal during his performances for the club. Shaw was voted as “Player of the Year” an at the end of the 2018/19 season.