Is this the shortest debut in football history?

A young footballer’s debut is supposed to be a cherished moment.

Some get their first ever shirt signed, others want it framed.

When you take your first steps on the Wembley turf, it’s an even more momentous occasion.

But for poor old Claudio Gomes, his Manchester City bow in the Community Shield wasn’t one to remember.

At least he won’t have to wash his top!

Gomes got his hands on silverware after just a second of game time. Pic: Getty

Blink and you might have missed it. Quite literally.

The 18-year-old was the subject of social media giggles right at the very end of the English Premier League curtain-raiser with Chelsea.


Just after the board was put up for five minutes added time, City manager Pep Guardiola decided to get him a little time with his team 2-0 up.

But sadly for the French midfielder, the ball didn’t go out of play until the very closing stages.

Gomes (L) poses with the Community Shield trophy. Pic: Getty

He ran on as most were heading for the exits and hadn’t even gotten into position by the time the referee blew the full-time whistle.

His one second-long debut after signing from Paris Saint-Germain may have been the most short-lived and pointless ever, but they all count.

The energetic teenager is one of the big young talents in the game and City have high hopes for him.


“He has been so good, so good,” said Guardiola.

“My opinion is that at that age you have to play. You need minutes, if not with us then with the second team.

“But it could be like what happened with Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz – he could stay with us, because from what we have seen in these days, the impression is good.”

With Yahoo Sport UK