DOHA, Qatar, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Spain’s Gavi’s goal in his team’s 7-0 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday made him the youngest goalscorer at a World Cup since the great Pele of Brazil in 1958.
Pelé was 17 years old in Sweden when he led Brazil to its first World Cup title scoring six goals.
Gavi, 18, also clinched the match MVP award after becoming the youngest Spaniard to score at a World Cup, breaking the record held by Cesc Fabregas, who was 19 when he scored against Ukraine in 2006.
“I’m happy for the achievements, but what really matters to me is that we won and played a great match, let’s move on,” Gavi said at a press conference.
“Of course, it’s an honor to be second on this list and it’s something that makes me very happy,” he added.
Gavi scored Spain’s fifth goal in the 74th minute with a sumptuous volley to the left post after Álvaro Morata’s cross.
Ferran Torres scored a double and the other goals from Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Carlos Soler and Morata took Spain past the 100-goal mark in football’s top competition.
Barcelona’s Gavi became the youngest player to represent 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. (Reporting by Fernando Kallas. Editing in Spanish by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)