With his Colo Colo side trailing 1-0 away to Santiago Wanderers and just over 10 minutes left on the clock, Argentine coach Claudio Borghi decided to throw caution to the wind and bring on his final substitute in a bid to rescue something from the game.

Just metres away, an eager and clearly delighted Nicolas Millan warmed up ahead of what was set to be his first division debut for the Chilean giants, his eagerness for a taste of the action there for all to see. Nothing unusual so far you might say.

However, the main character in this particular tale, who scampered out onto the pitch wearing the Cacique No. 6 shirt, was no run-of-the-mill substitute: aged just 14 years, 9 months and 3 weeks, Millan wrote his name in the history books as the  youngest-ever player to appear in Chilean football's top flight .

"This is a bit scary, I'm still very young," Nicolas had declared earlier in the week, when his inclusion in the first-team squad had been met by a swarm of press interest. Nevertheless, by Sunday the player's youthful exuberance was back on display, with Millan narrowly failing to pull off an attempted nutmeg with his first touch of the ball.

While a last-ditch comeback proved beyond Colo Colo, Borghi felt that his young protégé had made an impact on his introduction: "Despite only playing 10 minutes he got three or four touches of the ball and had a goalscoring opportunity. He did misplace a few passes, but overall he looked promising." 

Shades of Cristiano Ronaldo
Born on 17 November 1991, the events of last weekend saw Millan become the hottest name in Chilean football.

To put his achievement in perspective, the forward's ten-minute cameo saw him make his top-flight debut earlier than the likes of Diego Maradona, Pele, and fellow Chilean Frank Lobos, who back in 1992 appeared in the first division at the age of 15 years and 5 months.

The gifted attacking player joined Colo Colo's youth set-up in 2003, and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks. Millan was recently promoted to the club's U-17 side, finding the back of the net three times in as many games. His performances caught the eye of first-team coach Borghi, who called on the youngster after injuries to Humberto Suazo, Alexis Sanchez and Mario Caceres left him short of options in forward positions. 

Although still at high school, the player is clearly not short of confidence, managing a cheeky smile while comparing his own ability with that of Portuguese wing-wizard Cristiano Ronaldo: "I think my playing style is similar to his. I enjoy using the flanks and going past defenders, and I'm particularly good at stepovers."

In the wake of those unforgettable ten minutes, the young forward confessed that he is still "living the dream".

Borghi, meanwhile, has promised to blood the starlet "bit by bit" and continue to give him playing time. If that is the case, we should be hearing a lot more about Nicolas Millan before long.