Warren Zaire-Emery becomes the youngest starter in PSG history

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Already in possession of a PSG record when he became the youngest-ever debutant of the Parisian club last August, Warren Zaire-Emery became the youngest-ever starter of PSG after making it to the starting XI in the matchup at Chateauroux on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023.

Warren Zaire-Emery turned 16 years old last March. He's still more than two months away from being a 17-year-old little man, but he already debuted with PSG's first team all the way back in August coming from the bench.

Yesterday, in a Round of 64 French Cup clash against
Chateauroux, coach Christophe Galtier named Zaire-Emery in his starting XI, turning the young phenom into the youngest-ever starter in the history of the Parisian club.

Zaire-Emery (16 years, 9 months, and 29 days) is now leading the youngest-ever list of players to start for PSG having trumped two men who debuted already aged 17: Mamadou Sakho (17 years and 1 day) and Adil Aouchiche (17 years, 1 month and 15 days).

Warren Zaire-Emery is the first player in the history of PSG to start a game at 16 years of age

The young lad, already debuted with the first team on Saturday, Aug. 6 in a Ligue 1 game against Clermont (5-0 victory by PSG). That game marked the first age-related record in Zaire-Emery's baby career as he became the youngest player to don the Rouge et Bleu threads in a competitive game at the ripe age of 16 years, 4 months, and 29 days.

Back in August, Zaire-Emery jumped over current teammate El Chadaille Bitshiabu (debuted at 16 years, 7 months, and 3 days) and former PSG wing-back Kingsley Coman (16 years, 8 months, and 4 days). Among players still in the Parisian organization, fellow titi Ismael Gharbi debuted with PSG in a competitive game aged 17 years, 3 months, and 21 days, the ninth-youngest ever after accounting for Zaire-Emery's debut last August.

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According to Transfermarkt data, Zaire-Emery has the second-highest transfer value (€6M) among U17 players only behind Endrick (€20M), who recently signed with Real Madrid. In the history of the database, only 10 players have ever gotten valued higher than Zaire-Emery is right now, while still under 17 years of age.