Rooney, Ronaldo, Walcott and the top 10 most expensive teenagers in English football
The net curtains have barely been pulled back on the summer transfer window and we've already seen some eye-raising (or eye-watering depending on if you're actually writing the cheque) fees agreed for young British players.
Sunderland splashed out £8million on 18 year-old Ipswich striker Connor Wickham, while Manchester United paid double that for his England Under-21 colleague Phil Jones.
But where do they figure on MirrorFootball's all-time list?
10) Robbie Keane: Wolves to Coventry - £6m
Wolves demanded top dollar for their Irish hot-shot - and Coventry paid it. £6m was a record for a teenager when the Sky Blues took him to Highfield Road in 1999 when he was just 19. It turned out to be good business for the club though, when he moved to Inter the following year for £13m.
9) Glen Johnson: West Ham to Chelsea - £6m
The then 18 year-old right-back had made just 15 first team appearances for West Ham before Chelsea swooped in 2003 to make him the first signing of the Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge. Still holds the record as the most expensive teenager ever signed by Chelsea, but Jose Mourinho was never a fan and he was shipped out Portsmouth after struggling to get first team action. Johnson had the last laugh though after he established himself ans an England regular and earned an even bigger money move to Liverpool.
8) Fabian Delph: Leeds to Aston Villa - £6m
It seemed that half the Premier League was chasing Delph's signature in the summer of 2009. The Bradford-born midfielder would eventually join Aston Villa just in time for the start of the 2009-10 season, but his career in claret and blue has so far failed to ignite, with a wretched run of injuries limiting him to only 10 league appearances in two years. Clearly a believer in the paranormal, Delph checked out of his hotel just 40 minutes after signing for Villa, claiming it was haunted and things we're being moved around his room. Perhaps it was a sign to come...
7) Gareth Bale: Southampton to Tottenham - £5m (rising to £10m)
The young Welsh full-back burst on to the scene at Southampton in 2006, immediately taking the left-back slot in the team and becoming the free-kick specialist. Manchester United we keen, but Gareth chose a move to London and signed for Tottenham in 2007, aged 17, for an initial fee of £5m. Had a bizarre start to his Spurs career, as they failed to win a Premier League match in which he started - a run that stretched to 24 games. Incredibly his first involvement in a League victory didn't come until more than two years after he joined the club. Bale eventually made his name on Spurs' left-wing, of course, and enjoyed the best season of his career last time out, bagging the PFA Player of the Year award for his dazzling performances in both the Premier League and in Europe.
6) Connor Wickham: Ipswich to Sunderland - £8m (rising to £12m)
Despite having been on most Premier League clubs' radar since bagging a regular starting berth in the Ipswich first team two seasons ago, Wickham is still only 18. The powerful 6'3" striker went to the 2011 Under-21 European Championships in Denmark as part of Stuart Pearce's England squad - although he didn't play any part in the side's three disappointing group matches.
5) Theo Walcott: Southampton to Arsenal - £9m
The lightening-fast forward was roommates with Bale when the pair were at Southampton's youth academy, but chose the other side of North London to his pal when he left the Saints. Walcott joined Arsenal in 2006 in a big-money move when he was just a tender 16-years-old, but could have had his pick of Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea or Liverpool. Made headlines when England boss Sven Goran Eriksson took him to the 2006 World Cup, but he failed to play a single minute in Germany and was then dropped from Fabio Capello's squad for South Africa 2010.
4) Cristiano Ronaldo: Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United - £12m
Had both Liverpool and Arsenal sniffing around him but Manchester United eventually bagged him in 2003 after he played against the Red Devils in a pre-season friendly. Fergie's players famously urged their boss to sign him, which he did, for £12m when Ronnie was just 18. It turned out to be a great bit of business given that United flogged him for £80m in 2009 six sublime years of service.
3) Phil Jones: Blackburn to Manchester United - £16.5m
More proof that, in Sir Alex Ferguson's mind at least, if you're good enough then you're old enough. Centre-back Jones has only made 35 first team appearances in his brief career but that didn't stop the United boss triggering the 19 year-old's buy out clause. The deal got the blessing of new team-mate Wayne Rooney, who Tweeted that Jones was "one of the toughest defenders I played against last season".
2) Anderson: Porto to Manchester United - £18m
It seems incredible that the Brazilian midfielder, who has had something of a stop-start career at Old Trafford, cost more than Ronaldo, but it's true. The former Porto player cost a whopping £18m when Fergie snapped him up in 2007 when he was 19. Has often been linked with a move away from United, but they are unlikely to get their money back on that deal.
1) Wayne Rooney: Everton to Manchester United - £27m
Remember the name: Wayne Rooney. United boss Fergie certainly did, eventually snapping up the Scouse star for a staggering £27m after he had starred for England at Euro 2004. He was just 18 but had already had two seasons under his belt in Everton's first team. He has become one of the key men for United in recent seasons and has helped the club win four Premier League titles and the Champions League.
BONUS! One that just missed out...
Mario Balotelli: Inter Milan to Manchester City - £24m
Had Super Mario arrived at Eastlands just two days earlier he would have made the list proper; instead, he signed on the dotted line two days after his twentieth birthday. Balotelli has, however, displayed the maturity of a man half his age since touching down in England. In the space of a year he has managed to lob darts at youth team players, repeatedly prang his car and come second in a wrestling contest with a training bib. That said, he did manage to win the Man of the Match award in the 2011 FA Cup final as well.
And one for the future...
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Southampton to Arsenal - TBC
Another one off the Southampton production line, this 17-year-old forward scored 10 goals in his first full season at St Mary's. His dad - former England international Mark Chamberlain - is keen for a move to Arsenal, and the Gunners are believed to be considering an £8million bid. Watch this space...