Youngest goalscorers in World Cup history as Gavi nets in Spain rout of Costa Rica

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Spain's start to the 2022 World Cup saw them storm past Costa Rica with a 7-0 win in their Group E opener in Al Thumama.

La Roja's biggest ever World Cup win has boosted optimism of a return to their 2010 glory days with Luis Enrique's side emerging as genuine dark horse contenders in Qatar.

However, the postgame chat focused on teenage starlet Gavi, as the Barcelona playmaker became the youngest player to score in a World Cup since Pele.

It signals another landmark for the 18-year-old but where does he rank in the all-time youngest World Cup goalscorers list?

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Who are the youngest goalscorers in World Cup history?

The pressure of performing at a World Cup is already a major factor in a manager's decision to use a young player at a World Cup but asking them to score is a different question.

However, the motivation of World Cup attention has often released the shackles on teenage stars, and they have produced some remarkable World Cup moments.

— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 23, 2022 Youngest Goalscorers at a World Cup
Player Country Tournament Age
Pele Brazil World Cup 1958 17y 239d
Manuel Rosas Mexico World Cup 1930 18y 93d
Gavi Spain World Cup 2022 18y 110d
Michael Owen England World Cup 1998 18y 190d
Nikolae Kovacs Romania World Cup 1930 18y 197d
Dmitri Sychev Russia World Cup 2002 18y 231d
Lionel Messi Argentina World Cup 2006 18y 357d
Julian Green USA World Cup 2014 19y 25d
Divock Origi  Belgium  World Cup 2014 19y 65d
Martin Hoffmann West Germany World Cup 1974 19y 88d

Where does Gavi rank in the all-time list?

Being connected with such an iconic name as Pele shows just how far Gavi has come since making his international debut just 14 months ago.

His goal against Costa Rica puts him third on the all-time list, just ahead of Micheal Owen from France '98, with Lionel Messi in seventh.

Who are the youngest goalscorers at Qatar 2022?

Unsurprising, Gavi is the youngest play to score so far at Qatar 2022, with other emerging stars aiming to join him in the coming weeks.

Youngest Goalscorers at Qatar 2022
Player Country Opponent Age
Gavi Spain Costa Rica 18y 110d
Jude Bellingham England Iran 19y 145d
Bukayo Saka England Iran 21y 77d
Ferran Torres Spain Costa Rica 22y 268

Who are the youngest players in World Cup history?

The World Cup has provided a starting point for some iconic names in footballing history with tournaments offering the chance to announce emerging talent on the biggest platform.

Five players have featured in a World Cup before their 18th birthday, with Brazilian hero Pele on the list following his incredible showing en route to the Samba Boys winning the 1958 World Cup.

World Cup 2022 has already seen a changing of the guard inside the Top Ten with Gavi again appearing, alongside Garang Kuol and Youssoufa Moukoko, for Australia and Germany, respectively.

Youngest Players at a World Cup
Player Country Tournament Age

Norman Whiteside

Northern Ireland World Cup 1982 17y 40d

Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon World Cup 1998 17y 98d

Femi Opabunmi

Nigeria World Cup 2002 17y 100d

Salomon Olembe

Cameroon World Cup 1998 17y 184d


Brazil World Cup 1958 17y 234d
Bartholomew Ogbeche Nigeria World Cup 2002 17y 244d
Rigobert Song Cameroon World Cup 1994 17y 353d
Youssoufa Moukoko Germany World Cup 2022 18y 3d
Garang Kuol Australia World Cup 2022 18y 69d
Gavi Spain World Cup 2022 18y 110d

Who will be the youngest players at World Cup 2022?

Spain and Germany are among the major nations placing their faith in youth for the tournament with Gavi and Moukoko the two standout examples.

Enrique also called up Gavi's Barcelona teammates Pedri and Ansu Fati , plus teenage defender Alejandro Balde, following Jose Gaya's injury.

Germany have the youngest player at the tournament after Hansi Flick called up Borussia Dortmund forward Moukoko. 

Youngest Players at World Cup 2022
Player Country Club Age (as of Nov.20, 2022)
Youssoufa Moukoko Germany Borussia Dortmund (GER) 18y 
Garang Kuol Australia Central Coast Mariners (AUS) 18y 66d
Gavi Spain Barcelona (SPA) 18y 107d
Jewison Benette Costa Rica Sunderland (ENG) 18y 158d
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku Ghana Sporting Lisbon (POR) 18y 257d
Antonio Silva Portugal Benfica (POR) 19y 51d
Bilel El Khanouss Morocco Genk (BEL) 18y 187d
Zeno Debast Belgium Anderlecht (BEL) 19y 27d
Alejandro Balde Spain Barcelona (SPA) 197 32d
Jude Bellingham England  Borussia Dortmund (GER) 19y 144d
Brandon Aguilera  Costa Rica Nottingham Forest (ENG) 19y 145d
Xavi Simons Netherlands PSV (NED) 19y  213d
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