16-year-old makes teary debut for Sporting Lisbon in incredibly wholesome clip

If you need something heartwarming to brighten up your Monday morning then say hello to Dário Essugo.

That name isn’t one many of us outside Portugal would’ve known before Saturday. However, following Sporting Lisbon’s 1-0 win over Vitoria SC, he’s become football’s sweetheart.

Essugo has made his way up through Sporting’s youth ranks in recent years and signed his first professional contract last week. Then, just days later, he was brought on in the final few minutes against Vitoria in place of Joao Mario.

Essugo’s big moment

In doing so, he made history as Sporting Lisbon’s youngest ever senior player at 16 years and six days.

Aside from all of us feeling incredibly ancient there are no negatives to this tale, and as you can see from Essugo’s reaction, this moment meant the world to him.

“It is an indescribable sensation, in which I always breathed in and always dreamed,” Essugo told the media. “I have to thank everyone. It is only the beginning, to continue working and helping the club to achieve its goals. It is different to be playing at a senior level. “They supported me and I was even more relaxed.”

The reaction of his teammates only adds to the outpouring of emotion, as they all bundle over to congratulate him.

Sure, his natural ability is something that’ll be examined in the weeks and months to come, but the fact that he couldn’t hold his emotions in just showcases what this game means to so many around the world.

He follows in the footsteps of a club renowned for bringing through young talent, most notably of course being Cristiano Ronaldo, who first appeared for the club at 17 years, six months and nine days – which hilariously seems quite slow by comparison.

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