Benfica star Mile Svilar has become the youngest ever goalkeeper to start a Champions League game, overtaking former Real Madrid and Spanish stopper Iker Casillas’ 18years record.
The 18-year-old Belgium international was named in starting eleven for Benfica’s home game against Manchester United on Tuesday at Estadio da Luz which Jose Mourinho return to the club he manages for five months spell in charge.
Svilar becomes the youngest ever goalkeeper to start in the prestigious competition aged 18 years and 52 days, ahead of Casillas who made his debut in the competition for Real Madrid against Olympiakos in 1999, aged 18 years and 117 days, a record which has stood since then.
The teenager, who joined the Portuguese Champions from Anderlecht in the summer.
Youngest Champions League Goalkeepers
Date Team Player Opponent Date of Birth Years-Days
18/10/2017 Benfica Mile Svilar against Manchester United 27/08/1999 18, 52 days
15/09/1999 Real Madrid Iker Casillas against Olympiakos 20/05/1981 18, 117 days
31/10/2006 Levski Sofia Nikolay Mihaylov against Werder Bremen 28/06/1988 18 124 days
14/09/2004 CSKA Moscow Igor Akinfeev against Porto 08/04/1986 18, 159 days
14/09/2016 Dinamo Zagreb Adrian Semper against Lyon 12/01/1998 18, 245 days
18/09/2001 Spartak Moscow Maksim Kabanov against Feyenoord 30/12/1982 18, 262 days
31/10/2001 Barcelona Jose Reina against Fenerbache 31/08/1982 19, 61 days
18/02/2015 Schalke Timon Wellenreuther against Real Madrid 03/12/1995 19 77 days
18/09/2001 Sparta Prague Petr Cech against Bayern München 20/05/1982 19 121 days
13/09/2011 Bayer Leverkusen Bernd Leno against Chelsea 04/03/1992 19 192 days