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Lamine Yamal, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and the greatest teenage Euros tournaments - ranked

Even in an era when every league on the planet is available to watch if you know where to look, there's nothing quite like an international tournament when it comes to a young superstar announcing themselves to the world. Just take Lamine Yamal, for example.

There's been murmurings that the 16-year-old is properly special for some time, but unless you're a Barcelona fan or devoted European football head, one might not have had the pleasure of watching him go to work live. That's all changed over the course of the last few weeks at Euro 2024.

Given his biggest platform yet, Yamal shrugged off the pressure that came with becoming the youngest player in European Championship history in Spain's opener against Croatia. Dangerous throughout, he capped off an imperious first-half display by setting up Dani Carvajal - a team-mate literally twice his age - with a delightful cross.

This display has set the tone for a quite wondrous Euro campaign - one that reached legendary status during a semi-final victory over France. With his side 1-0 down and in need of inspiration, Yamal curled home an astounding, long-ranged effort to level things up, becoming the youngest-ever scorer in European Championship history.

Yamal is clearly destined for superstardom, but he is far from the first young gun to make a splash at the Euros. Below, GOAL has taken a trip down memory lane by ranking the other best European Championship campaigns from teenagers...

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