When Gavi scored the fifth of Spain’s 7 objectives in opposition to Costa Rica of their Group E opener of the Qatar World Cup on Wednesday night, he entered the historical past books.
At 18 years and 110 days, the Barcelona participant turned the youngest to attain in a FIFA World Cup since Pele in 1958. The legendary Brazilian was aged 17 and 249 days when he began his World Cup goal-scoring journey.
Pedri’s objective was a factor of magnificence. Substitute Alvaro Morata had dragged Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas broad earlier than lifting a ball again into the field.
Gavi had anticipated the pull again and made a well timed run and he hit the ball sweetly with the skin of his foot to complete elegantly. Coincidentally, the nice Pele’s 1958 objective, which was within the quaterfinals in opposition to Wales, had additionally been scored with the skin of his proper boot.
Gavi was the newest of the sensational Barcelona trio comprising Ansu Fati and Pedri to hitch the Spanish nationwide group within the final two years. In actual fact, he was the final of that batch to enter the Spanish senior set-up.
Fati was the primary to interrupt into the senior nationwide group, when he debuted in 2020 at 17, breaking a file from 1925 held by Juan Errazquien. Pedri quickly adopted and have become a key member of the La Roja.
Pedri gained the Golden Boy trophy in Euro 2021, given to the very best participant in U-21 class. Gavi’s flip hadn’t arrived till November 2021, simply two months after he turned 17, when he broke Fati’s file.