Harvey Elliott: 10 of the world's youngest sports stars

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Liverpool have signed 16-year-old midfielder Harvey Elliott from Fulham

Liverpool have signed 16-year-old midfielder Harvey Elliott from Fulham.

Harvey Elliot made history when he became the youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 30 days old.

The England under-17 midfielder made his first appearance in the 88th minute of a game between Fulham and Wolves in May 2019.

Elliott became Fulham's youngest player in September 2018 in the Carabao Cup at just 15. He had broken the previous record by 38 days.

The England youth international cannot turn professional until his 17th birthday next April.

But he's not the first young sporting superstar to make a name for themselves from an early age.

Karamoko Dembele
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Karamoko Dembele was a half-time substitute in the Scottish Premiership

Sixteen-year-old Celtic player Karamoko Dembele made his debut in the Scottish Premiership in May 2019 with a 2-1 win over Hearts.

Dembele came on as a half-time substitute and helped his team win the Scottish Premiership trophy.

Manager Neil Lennon said at the time: "The kid is 16 and we just want to develop him in the right way. He has been training with the first team and I had no hesitation giving him 45 minutes."

Matthew Briggs
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Before Harvey Elliot, Matthew Briggs held the record of youngest person ever to play in the Premier League.

He made his Fulham debut aged just 16 years and 65 days back in 2007, coming on as a substitute in their match against Middlesbrough.

He went on to play for Millwall and Colchester and in March 2018, it was announced that Barnet signed the defender on a non-contract basis.

Lucy Li
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US golfer Lucy Li became the youngest ever person to qualify for the US Women's Open when she managed to win a spot in the 2014 competition at the age of just 11.

She didn't manage to make it to the second part of the event, but certainly made a name for herself as a budding star of the future.

She took the record from Lexi Thompson who was 12 years, four months and 18 days old when she played in the 2007 US Women's Open.

Ki-Jana Hoever
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16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever made FA Cup history in January 2019 when he became Liverpool's youngest FA Cup player in history

In January 2019, Ki-Jana Hoever made history when he became Liverpool's youngest FA Cup player in the club's history at the age of just 16 years and 354 days.

He came on the pitch during Liverpool's clash with Wolves, which saw the Premier League leaders go crashing out of the competition.

Martin Odergaard
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In 2015, Norwegian footballer Martin Odergaard hit the news by signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid aged just 16.

When he was 15 and 253 days old, Odergaard became the youngest player at the time ever to play in a European Championship football qualifier when he appeared for Norway.

Erraid Davies
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In 2014, 13-year-old Erraid Davies became Scotland's youngest ever Commonwealth competitor in the para-swimming competition.

She went on to finish third in the women's 100m breaststroke, taking home a bronze medal.

"I didn't really know how to tell my schoolmates," she told BBC Breakfast. "But they know now and I've had lots of messages.

"It was just amazing walking out to a home crowd. It was really loud! I knew there was a chance of a medal so I just kind of went for it."

Theo Walcott
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Everton player Theo Walcott became the youngest footballer ever to play for England when he played against Hungary in May 2006.

Aged 17 years and 75 days, Walcott had never played in the Premier League and had only played 13 matches of senior football. He then went on to be picked in the England squad for that summer's World Cup in Germany.

He went on to play for Arsenal for 12 years, where he scored 108 goals in 397 appearances, before moving on to Everton.

George Ford
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Despite rugby being an extremely physical game, George Ford proved he was tough enough at just the age of 16 years and 237 days when he became the youngest person to play professional rugby in England.

He went on to play for Leicester Tigers, making his debut in November 2009 before moving to Bath in 2013.

In February 2017, Leicester resigned the England fly-half paying a record fee between two English clubs to buy him out of his deal with Bath.

Tara Lipinski
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Imagine having an Olympic gold medal at the age of just 15.

Well, that's what happened to Tara Lipinski, who, at the age of 15 years and 255 days became the youngest winner of an individual event in the history of the Winter Games, beating Sonja Henie's record by two months

The American figure skater took home the medal at the 1998 winter games in Nagano, Japan.

She now works as a commentator for the sport.

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