However, he withdrew from the game two years later, at the age of 26, owing to a knee injury. Whiteside is the youngest player in FIFA World Cup history, the youngest player to score in a League Cup and FA Cup final, and the youngest player to score a professional goal for Manchester United.
He was born on January 4, 1992, in Brentwood, Essex, England. His parents are Paul, a taxi driver; and Diane, a health visitor. He has one older brother, Kyle, who is also a footballer. Whiteside began playing football when he was five years old, after being spotted by a Chelsea scout at a local tournament. He joined Chelsea at the age of eight and played for their youth team until 2011, when he made his first-team debut as a 71st-minute substitute in a 1–0 win over Portsmouth. In July 2012, he signed a new three-year contract with the club.
Whiteside has been praised for his talent by many former players and coaches, including John Terry, Michael Coletti (Chelsea's director of youth development), and Andre Villas-Boas (whom Whiteside worked with at Chelsea). AVB called him "the best young English player after Harry Kane" in 2014.
In April 2013, Whiteside scored his first goal for Chelsea against Swansea City in the last match of the season to ensure that his team won the league title.
Brazil's Pele Pele against. The 17-year-old not only became the youngest player ever to participate in the World Cup finals, but he also became the youngest player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match. The incredible triad occurred during Brazil's semi-final match against France, with Pele scoring his hat-trick in just 23 minutes.
The young Brazilian was given permission by national team coach Jairzinho kaka to play in the match after he was identified as an emergency replacement for injured striker Romario who had scored two goals in the previous match. It took Pele only three minutes to open the scoring with a stunning free kick before adding another goal through a penalty shoot-out. The last of Pele's three goals came in the second half of extra time when he scored another free kick. The record has never been beaten since then and it remains intact to this day.
If Pele was not already famous enough, he went on to become one of the most important players in Brazil football history, playing for his country in four more matches without losing a single game. He died in 2019 at the age of 58.
Dominic Solanke, who was 17 years, one month, and seven days old when he replaced Oscar for the final 18 minutes of our 6-0 thrashing of Maribor in October 2014, is the club's youngest player to feature in the Champions League. He was an unused substitute that night.
The record for youngest player is held by Chelsea legend Patrick Vieira, who was just 16 years and 300 days old when he made his debut in a 5-1 win over Wimbledon on 26 August 1992. Vieira went on to play 91 games for the Blues and score five goals.
Other youngsters who have played for Chelsea include John Terry (20 years and 301 days), Michael Owen (20 years and 311 days), Nicolas Anelka (20 years and 336 days), Andriy Shevchenko (20 years and 345 days), Pavel Nedved (20 years and 360 days), and Didier Drogba (20 years and 375 days).
Chelsea have been known for including young players in their squad since the 1950s, with the exception of 1974-75 when they withdrew themselves from the league after manager Ted Drake was accused of financial misconduct. The club has never had a younger team than it did that season, with over 30 players aged under 21 involved in first-team affairs.
Meet Denmark's Anders Vejrgang, the youngest player to go undefeated in FIFA 19's Weekend League. Yes, you read it correctly: Anders is just 12 years old and already plays FIFA at an elite level. He's even got a manager. His name is Jan Meyer and you can find him on the game's social media channels.
Anders has been playing FIFA since he was 5 years old and his talent was immediately apparent to fans and coaches alike. He currently plays as a forward for Danish club HB Køge and has been listed as one of the country's best young talents since 2013.
His age isn't the only unique thing about him though; he also holds the record for scoring the most goals in a single FIFA 19 Weekend League season - 52 in 16 games (an average of 3.5 per match). And no, he didn't drop a single point throughout the campaign.
He first made headlines last year when he became the first player under 13 years old to appear in a UEFA Champions League match when he subbed in for Denmark's senior team in a 1-1 draw with Germany. The Danes lost that match but they still managed to qualify for the next stage of the tournament.
Lionel Messi is the youngest player in history to score 100 goals at the age of 30 and holds a hat trick goal record of eight. Despite being a geek, Vamseetharan J S plays football. Messi's UCL goal count now stands at 103 after a sensational hat trick against PSV. The Argentine has also scored in each of his last three games.
Their all-time leading scorer is Cristiano Ronaldo with 301 goals. He is followed by Messi with 98 goals. They are both young players who have dominated the world game for several years now. Ronaldo was born on 25 August 1985 while Messi was born on 8 August 1987. They both debuted for their national teams at the 2004 Athens Olympics where Portugal played Argentina and Spain played Iran. Ronaldo scored one goal in that match as Argentina beat Portugal 1-4. Messi did not play but won a silver medal with the Spanish team. He then moved to Barcelona where he has become one of the best players in the world.
Ronaldo made his international debut on 4 February 2005 when he came on as a substitute in a 2-1 win over England at the Porto Alegre Stadium. He scored his first goal on 14 November 2005 in a 3-0 win over Chile at the Las Vegas Stadium. He finished his maiden campaign with five goals from 18 appearances.