Meet Vincent Thill: The first player born this millennium to play in one of Europe's top 5 leagues
You might have missed it, and if you were born the other side of the turn of the century, there’s a good chance this will make you feel quite old.
On Wednesday evening, as Metz v Bordeaux ran its course in France’s Ligue 1, 16-year-old Vincent Thill became the first player born this millennium to appear in any of Europe’s top five leagues.
The attacking midfielder came on as a substitute as Metz lost 3-0, and made us all consider calling time on any fading hopes of a Premier League appearance.
Substitution On - Vincent Thill (Metz 0 - 3 Bordeaux)— BettracksScores (@BettracksScores) September 21, 2016
A millennial, playing top-level football.
Metz might be being smashed but VINCENT THILL IS ON FOR HIS DEBUT! Keep an eye on him - he will be MASSIVE!— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) September 21, 2016
Can we get some confirmation on this? Are we sure he’s 16?
Yep – he was born on February 4, 2000.
Metz winger Vincent Thill last night became the first player to be born in the year 2000 to play in Ligue 1.— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 22, 2016
Now we feel old... pic.twitter.com/f3bUXLUKPo
And that’s not even the full story. Thill has already made four international appearances for Luxembourg, scoring in a friendly against Nigeria in May this year.
We feel for Metz left-back, Franck Signorino, who turned 35 on September 19. That means he was 18 when Thill was born. Sorry Franck.
Here's a little extra sport. BallTalk TV ask who is the real special one - Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola?