"My first instinct was to grab my phone to capture the moment. But the dad that I am is overwhelmed by emotion: when he entered the lawn, I burst into tears! Tuesday night, in a stadium Louis II devastated by shame and fear, Auguste-Bernard Massengo was the only supporter of AS Monaco to cry with joy. In the lesson of FC Bruges (0-4), his son Han-Noah Massengo became, at 17 years and 122 days, the youngest French player * to participate in a match of the Champions League finals.
Although he has not yet posted a single kilometer in Ligue 1, the young midfielder has already done better than the phenomenon Kylian Mbappé (17 years and 9 months) and cleared tablets Hatem Ben Arfa, the previous holder the record of precocity (17 years and 6 months) tricolor on the European scene. "I would never have bet on such a scenario, admits his father, nicknamed Auber. But now that it happens, I admit that I am not surprised. Han-Noah has always been early, that's the story of his life! "
"At first clandestine", when he started at 3 and a half years in Villepinte – "he was not allowed to sign a license before 6 years," recalls the father – the grandson of the former international Congolese Boniface Massengo has always been a little ahead of the ball.
Family and sport similarities
Outclassed in all categories of young people, high school student STMG is elected two years in a row as the best sportsman of the Reims hopefuls pole. In 2016, he joined Monaco, from Blanc-Mesnil, where he signed his first professional contract one year before the end of his aspirant course.
Today, the comparison is tempting: born in Villepinte, in Seine-Saint-Denis, son of a former Villemomble footballer and a water polo player, with a star mouth and revealed on the Rock Will Han-Noah Massengo have a destiny for Kylian Mbappé?
"There are family and sport similarities," Auber smiled, recalling that he had Pierre Mbappé (Editor's note: Kylian's uncle) as captain at the time of the Villemomble led by Alain Mboma. Han-Noah does not play the same role as Kylian and does not have the same qualities. But I'm sure of one thing: like him, he dreams of being the best and will give himself every means to get there! "
YOUNGEST PLAYERS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
1 / Celestine Babayaro 16 years and 87 days: 23/11/94 Anderlecht – Steaua Bucharest.
2 / Bajon Krkic 17 years and 22 days: 19/09/07 Barcelona – Lyon.
3 /Han-Noah Massengo 17 years and 122 days: 06/11/18 Monaco – Bruges.
4 / Mateo Kovacic 17 years and 147 days: 14/09/11 Dinamo Zagreb – Real Madrid.
5 / Cesc Fabregas 17 years and 169 days: 20/10/04 Arsenal – Panathinaikos.
6 / Ben Arfa 17 years old and 192 days old: 15/09/04 Lyon -Manchester United.
7 / Peter Ofori-Ouaye 17 years and 195 days: 01/10/97 Olympiakos Rosenborg. He remains, to date, the youngest scorer in the history of the Champions League.
8 / Breel Embolo 17 years and 214 days: 16/09/14 Basel – Real Madrid.
9 / Ruben Neves 17 years and 222 days: the 21/10/14 FC Porto – Athlético Bilbao.
10 / Martin Klein 17 years and 239 days: 27/02/02 Sparta Prague – Panathinaikos 11 / KYLIAN MBAPPE 17 years and 281 days: 27/09/16 Monaco -Leverkusen.