Manchester United are about to spend £36 million to sign 19-year-old forward Martial from Monaco.
By the age of 20 the Brazilian Ronaldo had won his first FIFA World Player of the Year Award in 1996. The following year he had completed a move to Inter Milan for a then world record fee of £19.5 million and had won the second of his three World Player of the Year Awards in 1997, as well as the first of his two Ballon d'Ors.
By the age of 21 Lionel Messi had won the Ballon d'Or and World Player of the Year Awards in 2009 after helping Barcelona to win a unique season treble and six trophies in one calendar year.
Michael Owen had won the 2001 Ballon d'Or by the age of 21 thanks to his efforts helping Liverpool win five trophies in 2001, whilst potential future teammate Wayne Rooney was voted into the UEFA Euro 2004 Team of the Tournament and won the 2004 Golden Boy Award which earned him a £25.6 million move to United.
Martial's biggest accomplishment to date is breaking into the Monaco side last season and scoring 12 goals in 46 games (I can hear the groans from Manchester already).
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, the Red Devils have been plagued by slow, docile possession based football. Martial has pace in abundance and is an adept dribbler as per WhoScored which recorded him making 1.4 dribbles per game in Ligue 1 and 1.3 in the Champions League.
He is also a sharp shooter in front of goal. Whilst a tally of nine goals in Ligue 1 seems a poor return from 35 appearances, Martial only started 19 games and was still the top goalscorer for the French outfit who are generally characterised with a defensive approach to the game. A statement supported by the fact they scored only 51 goals despite finishing third. His nine goals were also scored in just an average of 1.5 shots per game. In a more attacking side he will more chances to score from.
"He plays centrally, but often drifts into wide positions, more on the left than the right.
"He's got a good combination of pace and power. He's a young player obviously, but he's got an interesting profile in an area where it's not easy to find players with both strength and speed.
"He's got good potential and I want to see how he does with the squad."
With players like Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Alexandre Lacazette, Nabil Fekir and Andre-Pierre Gignac all competing for a spot in the national side, Martial has done fantastically well to get himself among the reckoning, especially with France hosting Euro 2016.
With Louis van Gaal's side looking pedestrian in attack, Martial has all the raw skills United are desperate for. Whether or not his skills are refined enough to be of use for this season is the million dollar question (nay £36 million question). What is certain is United are in for a fight if they want to stay in the top four and will need Martial to adapt quickly to life in the Premier League.
*Statistics from WhoScored