This weekend, on Friday 8th of October 2021, a footballer who is only just a boy set an incredible record in the whole of American team sport.
Born on the 30th of December 2007, Axel Kei is only 13 years old. Yet, he's already on the path to great success in professional football.
At the of 13, majority of us were still in primary school or probably just started junior secondary school. That was an age where we never bothered about what we'll become or disturb ourselves with any sense of responsibility. It was a fun age where we had almost everything we wanted done for us by our parents.
Not saying that Axel Kei doesn't get all he needs from his parents, but he's already a professional footballer at 13 years, 8 months and 9 days.
In football, almost all of the youngsters we know today made their professional debuts either at 16 years or 17 years. Most of them even made theirs at 18.
But when Axel Kei came on as a 61 minute substitute for Real Monarchs wearing his number 85 jersey, in their 0-0 USL Championship tie with Colorado Springs Switchbacks in Friday, he set an incredible record.
He is currently the youngest professional athlete in American team sport history. A great feat for the African born.
Axel was born in Ivory Coast but moved to the United States at a very young age. Two years ago he was called up to a training United States youth training camp and that shows that the youngster might very well be on the roster for the United States Men National Team.
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