MN: Yamal, Endrick and more – how Camarda’s new salary compares to other ‘wonderkids’

By Oliver Fisher -

Francesco Camarda has renewed his contract with AC Milan and will net a nice pay rise in the process, one that puts him on the level of other peers considered ‘wonderkids’.

According to MilanNews, Camarda’s renewal until June 2027 will soon be announced and he will get €800k net per year. Comparing him to other Under 18s who play at top European clubs and have already made his debut, the numbers make for interesting reading.

Arguably the more talked about 16-year-old is Lamine Yamal, eight months older than Camarda and someone who also holds the record for the youngest debutant in the league. He also gets €800k fixed, plus €200k, but he has a €1bn release clause.

His team-mate Pau Cubarsi is six months older than Yamal – 14 months older than Camarda – and he earns a much higher salary of €1.9m net and he has a release clause of €500m. It is of course influenced by him being a bit older.

Then there is Jorrel Hato, Ajax defender who turned 18 in March . He is the third-youngest player to make his debut with the Amsterdam club, behind only Ryan Gravenberch and Clarence Seedorf, and he gets €520k per year.

Leny Yoro turned 18 in November and has become the linchpin of Paulo Fonseca’s Lille this season. He is destined for a big move and his basic salary to date is only €200k, while his contract expires in 2025. Ayyoub Bouaddi – five months older than Camarda – also plays for Lille and gets €140k.

Warren Zaire-Emery might be the best 18-year-old in the world today and last April he signed a contract worth €4.6m per year until 2029. His previous contract was worth €140k net.

Lewis Miley started against Milan on 13 December for Newcastle United and he turned 18 years old on May 1st. He gets salary of €162k net.

We close with Endrick, who will turn 18 on July 21st. He already has four appearances and two goals for Brazil and has already been signed by Real Madrid. The European champions will pay him €2m a year.

Tags AC Milan Endrick Francesco Camarda Lamine Yamal Lenny Yoro Lewis Miley Warren Zaire-Emery


  1. This is insane and out of hand. The world of football has completely lost the plot. I wonder if there’s a way back or if it’s too far gone. So sad.

    1. Football is big business now, the top clubs are generating €700-800m a year in revenue. Even Milan pulls in ~€400m a year. These young players are potential future superstars and can make their clubs lots of money.

  2. The craziness of modern football…

    But remember that those numbers from outside Italy are mostly in gross salary, meaning salary+tax, while in Italy the number mostly are net salary.

    But the release clause in those Spain kids are stupid.

  3. If we compared with other 18 years old wonderkids, i expect Camarda should at least be the 3rd choice for a Lone Striker. He should have his playing time at Super Cup & some Serie-A as a substitute.

    Because Yamal & Cubarsi did it. Hopefully we have the new Shevchenko in Camarda.

  4. The real difference is that while in other clubs those young lads play in the first team ours don’t. In Barca Simic, Camarda, Bartesaghi etc would already make lots of first team appearances on the constant basis.

    1. Difference between players like Cubarzi, Jamal, Zaire Emery and Camarda is huge. Camarsa is clearly physically not ready for 1st team football. The other 3 are starters or very important players in big teams.

      1. Physically he’s actually a bit of a beast did you see the photo of him standing next to van Basten?

        I reckon it’s more mentally he wouldn’t be used to the demands of top flight compared with youth football. But it will come in the next couple seasons, assuming we slowly integrate him where possible eg coppa italia

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