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John Aeta from Solomon Islands is the 5th youngest football international in the world

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The Solomon Islands defender John Aeta, 16, is the fifth youngest active international player in the world.

Marist FC centre-half John Aeta is just 16 years old and only Dominic Szoboszlai of Hungary, Rahzir Jones of Bermuda, Andre Knoll or St Maarten and Canadian wonderkid Alphonso Davies are younger, reports OceaniaFC.

And there are signs that John Aeta could be one of the best young footballers to come out of Solomon Islands.

The defender, who can also play left back, has been known for a while in Oceania football circles. In January 2017 he was named captain of the Solomon Islands u17 squad.

Coach Felipe Vera-Arango was full of praise for the 16-year-old and even said he could one day make it in Spain’s La Liga – the top division where no Oceania football currently appears.