An 11-Year Old Is Playing Senior Football In Liberia And He's Tearing It Up
An 11-year-old has been playing senior football over in Liberia.
Eric Marshall plays for FC Gar'ou in the African country's fourth division and has gone viral recently for playing with adults.
Wearing boots in children's sizes and with his shirt and shorts far too big for him, Marshall has slotted into central midfield and did not show any signs of being overawed by the incredible age and size difference.
You might have seen similar happen in a 'Dads vs Lads' fixture but to see it in a proper match is quite something.
We're not sure it's even legal for Marshall to be playing senior football at his age but as utterly bizarre as his highlights are, he didn't exactly look like a lost little boy.
:scream: 11-year-old Eric Marshall playing senior football in the Liberian 4th tier!pic.twitter.com/VxpmTsNIFr- Photos of Football (@photosofootball) April 7, 2021
In fact, the young lad was demanding the ball all the time and showed some lovely touches in possession.
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In a recent outing, Marshall came on for his side when they were losing 2-0 to Mondee Lions and they went on to draw 2-2.
11-year-old, Eric Marshall played today in the fourth tier of Liberian football for FC Gar'ou in their 2-2 draw against Mondee Lions. pic.twitter.com/XXD7soyUw3- T. Kla Wesley Jr. :flag_lr: (@WesleyKla) March 29, 2021
However, his club were forced to issue a statement as people expressed concerns for the youngster's safety.
You should consider scale! An 11yo should be playing 7v7 max and working up to solve bigger problems later. Playing men 11v11 is not the best situation IMO.- Scoutsourced (@scoutsourced) April 7, 2021
You are right. He should be playing 7v7. There is conventional and unconventional. Sometimes, the latter is spontaneous. But it has enabled us to see what he could do in such unfavourable situation. He is nearly superhuman amongst peers, though- Football Club Gar'ou (@club_gar) April 7, 2021
It's said that Marshall is set to become the youngest player to Liberia Inter High School league but we're hoping he gets drafted into academy to further his development.
The player who holds the record for being the youngest to feature in a professional game is Bolivian Mauricio Baldivieso.
Mauricio Baldivieso is the youngest player ever to play professional football - on 19 July 2009 his father, Julio Baldivieso, who managed Club Aurora at the time, sent him on as a late substitute against La Paz.- Football Talent Scout - Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) April 7, 2021
He was 12 back then. pic.twitter.com/fL9w2QCe9A
In 2009, his father Julio Baldivieso gave him his debut as a substitute at the age of 12.
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