Liverpool's teenage star Raheem Sterling scored the only goal in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Reading on Saturday to become their second-ever youngester goalscorer in the Premier League and one of the youngest to ever do so. Here is a breakdown of the top 10 and where they are now:
10. Danny Cadamarteri (Everton) – 17 years 344 days
One of a number of youngsters who broke into the Everton first team during the late 90s, along with the likes of Michael Ball, John Oster, Richard Dunne and Francis Jeffers. Danny Cadamarteri scored in his third ever Premier League game; a 4-2 victory over Barnsley at the start of the 1997/98 season. He would score a goal in 3 of his next 4 league games including a 2-0 victory in the Merseyside derby that season. At this stage, he was touted as a future great and England international. Cadamarteri then went 26 games without a goal and his ability, or lack of was clear to see. A move to Bradford City came in early 2002 and spells at sides including Grays Athletic, Dundee United and Carlisle United where he currently plys his trade followed. Danny Cadamarteri has never scored more than 4 goals in a single league season and has both failed a drugs test and pleaded guilty to assault. One has to wonder how he is still a professional footballer.
9. Mikael Forssell (Chelsea) – 17 years 342 days
In his fourth Premier League appearance following a move from HJK Helsinki in 1998, German-born Finland international Mikael Forssell scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory for Chelsea at Nottingham Forest. Despite showing promise, that would be Forssell's only goal that season before several loan moves year after year followed, initially after the signing of £10 million Chris Sutton. Last season, Forssell was playing in the second tier of English football with Leeds United before being released at the end of the season. The 31-year old is currently without a club.
8. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) – 17 years 316 days
Originally signed from Queens Park Rangers' academy in 2010, Raheem Sterling was highly-rated in Liverpool's youth team, scoring a number of goals. The pacey forward has looked lively to start the 2012/13 Premier League season and his winning goal versus Reading is set to kick start his career.
7. Federico Macheda (Manchester United) – 17 years 227 days
No player in this list has scored as important goals as Italian teenager Federico Macheda. Thrown on on the hour when Manchester United trailed 2-1 at home to Aston Villa. Cristiano Ronaldo equalised in the 80th minute before Macheda struck a stunning 90th minute winner, 6 days after scoring a hat-trick in the reserves. This victory was very important in the title race as it restored United's lead at the top after Liverpool had temporarily gone top following a stoppage time winner versus Fulham the day before. He scored in the following game too, a 2-1 victory against Sunderland. Macheda has failed to hold down a regular spot in the first team and regular rumours of a return to Italy continue to float about.
6. Andy Turner (Tottenham Hotspur) – 17 years 166 days
The only 17-year old to score in the inaugural Premier League season, Andy Turner recorded his then record-breaking goal came in a 2-1 victory over Everton on 5 September 1992. Turner didn't remain long in the Tottenham first team and spent a number of loan spells in the lower leagues before moving to Portsmouth permanently in 1996. Spells at Tamworth, Northwich Victoria, Moor Green and Chasetown followed before retirement in 2008.
5. Michael Owen (Liverpool) – 17 years 144 days
Liverpool wonderkid Michael Owen scored on his Premier League debut as a second half substitute in their penultimate game of the 1996/97 season in a 2-1 defeat to Wimbledon. By the end of the following season, Owen was part of Glenn Hoddle's France 98 World Cup squad where he scored a wonderful goal against Argetnina. Owen left Anfield on a free transfer to Real Madrid before joining Newcastle after just one season. Injuries decimated his career but at the age of 31 Owen collected his first Premier League winners' medal, as a Manchester United player.
4. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 17 years 113 days
It's more than 8 years ago now since Cesc Fabregas scored against Blackburn Rovers in his debut season with Arsenal, off the back of their unbeaten season. The Spanish teenage sensation poached from Barcelona had no problem holding his place down in the first team with his amazing passing and creativity in the centre of midfield where he would be a constant fixture for 7 seasons before a big money move to Barcelona where he currently plays. A winner of the Community Shield and FA Cup with Arsenal, Fabregas only has the Copa del Rey, Supercopa, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to show for at Barcelona. However, 2 European Championships and a World Cup winners' medal make his CV look all that more impressive.
3. Wayne Rooney (Everton) – 16 years 360 days
The first 16 year old to score in the Premier League, Wayne Rooney was an instant hit at Goodison Park following his stunning streak against Arsenal in October 2002. 10 years later and Rooney has made a big money move to Manchester United, won 4 Premier League titles and a Champions League amongst other trophies as well as scoring 32 goals for England. Constantly criticised by some parts of the British media, Wayne Rooney is one of the best strikers to play in the Premier League.
2. James Milner (Leeds United) 16 years 355 days
Two months after Wayne Rooney became the Premier League's youngest ever goalscorer, up popped a youngster by the name of James Milner, scoring for Leeds United in a 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Boxing Day 2002. Financial problems forced a sale through the Newcastle United before moving to Aston Villa. Manchester City made a deal worth around £24 million to bring James Milner to the City of Manchester Stadium where he has gone on to win the Premier League title.
1. James Vaughan (Everton) – 16 years 270 days
James Vaughan made an immediate impact as a late substitute to score against Crystal Palace on his debut in April 2005 becoming the Premier League's youngest ever goalscorer. 6.5 years later and the record remains in tact, although Vaughan's future as a Premier League footballer aren't so sure. Injury after injury has blighted his career so far, and whilst being contracted to Norwich City is currently on loan in the second tier at Huddersfield Town. Previous loan spells in this division has seen Vaughan play for Derby County, Leicester City and Crystal Palace.