Tuesday , October 19 2021

Fernando Ovelar, 14, who broke a record by scoring in the Superclassico of Paraguay



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It can be the dream of any child that begins to give their first touches on the ball: mark the first goal as a professional at the biggest party in your country.

But surely many people do not imagine that it is possible to do it to the 14 years of age.

That's what happened to him on Sunday. Fernando Ovelar, the teenager who rewrote the records books of his country when he opened the account of Cerro Porteño in the superclass of Paraguayan football against Olimpia.

It was only the second game with Cerro para Ovelar, who got his mark at 14 years and 302 days.

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For the Spanish statistician Alexis Martín Tamayo, known in his social networking accounts as Misterchip, the goal of Ovelar is the most precocious in the first division of South American football.

"I only know one striker younger than him in a First Division league: Armenian Armen Ghazaryan scored in a Shirak-Lori in 2002, at 14 years and 215 days," explained Martin Tamayo.

Néstor Camacho

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The game ended with two penalties in stoppage time which put the final score 2-2.

Néstor Camacho, who equaled Olimpia as the initial goal of Ovelar, is more than twice his age (31).

The party ended dramatically when Marcos Acosta placed Cerro in the lead, converting a penalty in the 95th minute, eight minutes before Jorge Ortega got the final draw also from the 12 steps. Both teams suffered an expulsion.

Precocity

Although Ovelar is the youngest to debut in the first division of Paraguayan football, he is not the youngest to take the field in a professional game.

This honor is still for Maurice Baldivieso, who at the age of 12 debuted with the Aurora club in 2009.

Mauricio Baldivieso in 2009.

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Mauricio Baldivieso is still considered the youngest footballer to debut in a professional league.

The son of one of the legends of Bolivian football, Julio César Baldivieso, surpassed the Peruvian Fernando García, who made his debut for Juan Aurich in 2001, at age 13.

Another case that had much coverage at the time was the American Freddy Adu, christened the new Pele when he appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine in 2003 at the age of 13.

At 14 he signed his first professional contract with DC United in what was the beginning of a career in which he could never meet expectations.

In his 15 years as a footballer, Adu has played in France, Portugal, Cyprus, Turkey, Finland, Brazil and the United States.


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