Record: Apolonio debuted in Riestra and is the youngest to play in First Division in the history of Argentine football :: Olé

05/16/2024 7:03 p.m. Updated on 05/16/2024 7:58 p.m.

A call from Cristian Fabbiani and a direct jump from the Ninth to the First Division. This is how he made his debut in the highest category of Argentine football this Thursday Mateo Apolonio, who, at just 14 years and 29 days old, started to play with Deportivo Riestra’s No. 25 shirt against Newell’s in the round of 16 of the Argentine Cup. This way, The kid broke Sergio Agüero’s record (15 years and 33 days) and became the youngest footballer to debut in the country’s history.

The moment took place at the Presbítero Bartolomé Grella stadium (the Patronato field) in the city of Paraná, Entre Ríos. It was at 84′ when the Ogre decided to send Apolonio onto the field, with several prior instructions and a calm gesture.

According to what they told Olé, Fabbiani is already planning for the kid to also play his first game in the Professional League in the near future.

Riestra –

The debut of the kid Apolonio de Riestra

Riestra –

Mateo Apolonio told his reaction after being summoned in Riestra

Riestra –

Riestra in the Argentine Cup: he called up a 14-year-old boy

The youngest to debut in the history of Argentine football

As mentioned above, the record holder for being the youngest player to debut in the history of Argentine football was Agüero. Kun made his debut in the First Division with the Independiente shirt in a duel against San Lorenzo on July 5, 2003, when he was just 15 years and 33 days old.

Sergio Aguero –

This is how Kun Agüero debuted in 2003

Thirdly, it appears Diego Armando Maradona, who made his debut with Argentinos Juniors at the age of 15 years, 11 months and 20 days, on October 20, 1976 against Talleres de Córdoba. He was the youngest to step onto a First Division field for 27 years, until Kun arrived, of course.

Diego Armando Maradona debuted in Argentinos Juniors at 15 years old.

Fourth place and close in age to Diego was that of Denny Ernesto Ramírez, who entered with the Boca shirt to play against Mariano Moreno de Junín for the National Tournament on April 8, 1982, when he was just 15 years, 11 months and 24 days old. Yes, just four days more than Maradona. Ramírez, that is, still holds the record of being the youngest footballer in the history of Xeneize to debut in the First Division.

Denny Ernesto Ramírez debuted in Boca at 15 years, 11 months and 24 days.

The top 5 is completed by Mateo Musacchio, who debuted on December 10, 2006 in River’s Primera against Vélez at 16 years, 3 months and 14 days.

Why didn’t Riestra make headlines against Newell’s?

Malevo’s first objective is to maintain the category, That is why he saved the first team for next Monday’s game against Estudiantes in the Professional League. As he does not have a large squad, Fabbiani had to do an intensive search, given that the Reserve played this Wednesday in Mendoza and is also fighting to qualify among the eight best in Zone 1.

And in order to bet on the youth team, the Ogre decided to make a mix with substitutes and kids who stand out in their categories. Thus, the boy Apolonio emerged to mark a new milestone in Argentine soccer.

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