“At the age of just 16” – What £17m Chelsea player did for his country last night that sent national media crazy
Last night marked a significant moment for Chelsea loanee Kendry Paez as he made his second start for his national team at the senior level. The Ecuadorian player had already made headlines by securing an assist on his debut a few weeks ago, becoming the youngest player in South American history to achieve this feat at just 16 years old.
In the recent match, Paez took his performance to another level by finding the back of the net for the first time in his country’s colors. His goal came from a well-executed play, latching onto a pass from Moises Caicedo, who also contributed two assists during Ecuador’s 2-1 victory over Bolivia.
Chelsea, despite Paez not yet joining the first-team squad, is reportedly delighted with the addition of the talented player, having secured him for a £17 million deal. The Ecuadorian media is equally impressed, with journalist Pablo Giralt expressing his admiration for Paez’s exceptional performance, proclaiming that a star had been born during the match. Giralt emphasized Paez’s breaking of all records, becoming the youngest soccer player to score a goal in the South American Qualifiers at the age of 16 years and 161 days, a significant milestone for Ecuadorian football.
This promising display on the international stage adds to the growing optimism at Stamford Bridge regarding their young signings. Players like Andrey Santos have already generated excitement about their future with the club. With Paez shining in the international arena, Chelsea has all the more reason to be thrilled about having secured the talented teenager for their future endeavors.