Spanish midfielder Gavi scored a goal in his country’s 7-0 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday, becoming the youngest player to score in the World Cup since Brazilian star Pele in 1958.
Pele was seventeen years old when he scored six goals that led Brazil to win the title for the first time.
Gavi, 18, became the youngest player ever to score a World Cup goal for Spain, surpassing the record set by Cesc Fabregas when he scored Ukraine in 2006 at the age of 19.
Gavi said in a press conference: I am happy with the achievements, but I care about the fact of winning and performing well. We have to move forward, of course I am honored to be second on this list, and it makes me very happy.
Gavi scored the fifth goal for Spain in the 74th minute, with a wonderful direct shot, after a cross from Alvaro Morata.
Ferran Torres scored two goals and Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Carlos Soler scored one each, bringing Spain to 100 World Cup goals.
Barcelona player Gavi became the youngest player to represent Spain in November 2021, two months after completing his seventeenth year, and months later he became the youngest Spanish player to score for the national team.