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Top 7: Stunning wage packets awarded to teenage footballers (1)

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Who has heard of Andreas Christensen? 

I certainly haven't. Maybe a keen Chelsea fan will be more familiar with the 18-year-old defender as he continues to learn his trade in the west London youth system.

On Thursday he will part of Chelsea's team to take on Arsenal with a view to making it to the FA Youth Cup final. They lead 2-1 from the first leg and are favourites.

But his participation in Thursday's game is not the reason he has recently hit the headlines. The Daily Mail have reported that despite not appearing for the Chelsea first team, he is earning a staggering £20,000-a-week.

If true, his contract is one of a worrying trend of awarding talent, not ability with excessive cash. As the youngster continues to develop, he will be raking in around £1m-a-year - too much for any teenager to handle.

Will it impede his development? Maybe. Does he deserve it? No.

But he is not the only teenager to be earning such a living in the game today.

Here are six more teeangers who are earning big wages at big clubs, some more deserving than others.

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