Spanish midfielder Gavi’s goal in his national team’s 7-0 defeat of Costa Rica on Wednesday made him the youngest player to score in a world Cup since Pele in 1958.
Pele was 17 years old Sweden when you took the Brazil to his first world title, scoring six goals in that edition of the tournament.
Gavi, 18, also secured the man of the match award by becoming the youngest Spaniard to score at a World Cup, breaking the record set by Cesc Fabregas, who was 19 when he scored against Ukraine in the 2006 tournament.
“I’m happy for the achievements, but what really matters to me is that we won and we played a great game, we’re going to move on”, said Gavi at a press conference.
“Of course, it’s an honor to be second on this list and it’s something I’m very happy about.”
Gavi scored Spain’s fifth goal in the 74th minute with a sumptuous volley off the crossbar from Alvaro Morata’s cross.
Ferran Torres scored two goals, and four other players took Spain past the 100-goal milestone in world football’s premier tournament.
Barcelona’s Gavi became the youngest player to represent the Spain in November 2021, two months after his 17th birthday. A few months later, he became the youngest Spanish player to score a goal for his country.
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