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Remember the name: 16-year-old Eduardo Camavinga at the heart of Rennes victory over Paris Saint-Germain

Daniel Zeqiri
Is Eduardo Camavinga the next superstar to emerge from Ligue 1? - AP

Ready for a vertiginous Monday morning thought? A central midfielder who pulled the strings in Rennes' surprise 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain was born the month after Wayne Rooney scored that goal against Arsenal for Everton in 2002. 

Eduardo Camavinga, just 16, is being hailed as a potential superstar after a performance of astonishing maturity and technical excellence in an area of the pitch that pitted him against Marquinhos and Marco Verratti. 

Camavinga completed 40 of 41 attempted passes and created Romain Del Castillo's winning goal with a perfectly weighted diagonal cross into the penalty area. 

"He played a match, indeed, like the whole team - very interesting," said his manager Julien Stephan after the win on Ligue 1's opening weekend.

"We are talking to him. He is someone who is also very well-constructed intellectually, who knows how to question himself, who knows how to ask the right questions," Stephan added. 

Julien Stephan celebrates with Eduardo Camavinga after the win over PSG  Credit: Reuters

The Angolan midfielder made his Rennes debut last December just one month after his 16th birthday and made six more Ligue 1 appearances last season. 

His play against PSG on Sunday was a breakthrough moment however, as his passing range and dribbling ability impressed. 

Camavinga has been talked of as a future defensive midfielder but his driving runs and sharp bursts to break lines suggested there is scope to develop into a more progressive role. 

Camavinga is very left-footed but his close control and dexterity saw him win six fouls as PSG struggled to get to grips with him. 

Neither did he shy away from his defensive work, attempting six tackles of which three were successful. 

Rennes saw attacking talents Hatem Ben Arfa and Ismaïla Sarr depart in the summer, the latter in a big money move to Premier League club Watford, but seem to have found a new hero to worship on the terraces. 

Reports of interest in Camavinga from PSG and Arsenal come as no surprise. Rennes are not involved in European competition after a disappointing 10th-placed league finish last term, but Camavinga could be a name English audiences become familiar with in the not too distant future.