Who is Warren Zaïre-Emery, PSG’s child prodigy in the Champions League?
The precocious 16-year-old talent was thrown into the match against Bayern Munich, and is another bright hope for French football.
French football just can’t stop churning out new talents. The latest, and possibly one of the most promising players of the last decade, is Warren Zaïre-Emery, a 16-year-old who plays in midfield for Paris Saint-Germain. On Tuesday, he became the youngest player in history to be starter in a Champions League knockout phase.
Zaïre-Emery: PSG’s latest young star
The player’s coach, Christophe Galtier, who has already given him pitch time in Ligue 1, decided to start him in one of the most important games of the season. Zaïre-Emery, a PSG youth squad player is already the youngest footballer in history to make his PSG debut, the earliest to start with the Parisians and the youngest to score a goal with the French team.
On Saturday, in the defeat against Monaco, he scored his second goal as a professional and was one of the few who turned up in what was described by some as a shipwreck of a performance from the Ligue 1 leaders.
The presence of Zaïre-Emery in the PSG eleven against Bayern is eye-catching, but not a particular surprise to those following his rise. His potential is unquestionable, the Youth League and the youth Champions League seemed too small for him, and he had already settled in the first team. He was also the leader of the France under-17 team that ended up as the last European champion, in a generation that was made up of players born in 2005 while the Parisian squad player was born in 2006.