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2022 FIFA World Cup: Spain’s Gavi is third youngest player ever to score in a World Cup

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 23: Gavi of Spain celebrates after scoring their team's fifth goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Spain and Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium on November 23, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2022. 5:54 pm CST.

Photo Credit: FIFA

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Spain’s Gavi on Wednesday became the third youngest player ever to score in a World Cup. The youngest is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. And the second youngest is Mexican Manuel Rosas Sánchez.

Gavi, whose full name is Pablo Martín Páez Gavira, scored Spain’s fifth goal against Costa Rica on Wednesday at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha in front of 40,013 fans and millions more around the world in the 74th minute at the tender age of 18 years and 110 days.

Pelé was 17 years and 239 days on June 19, 1958, when he scored in the Sweden World Cup against Wales in the quarterfinal. FIFA said he was 17 years, 249 days, but that was when he scored two goals in the final against Sweden ten days later.

Unfortunately, Rosas’ first goal was an own goal (the first in World Cups) against Chile in the first World Cup ever held in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. He was 18 years and 90 days old. That Rosas made up for that own goal scoring two goals for Mexico three days later in his country’s 6-3 defeat to Argentina. He was 18 years and 93 days then, which still puts him as the second youngest.

Gavi also became the youngest Spaniard to score in a World Cup. That accolade belonged to Cesc Fabregas who scored against Ukraine when he was 19 in 2006.

Incidentally, Gavi was voted the Most Valuable Player of the match by FIFA.


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