Top 10 Youngest Goalscorers at the World Cup Including Lionel Messi

Top 10 Youngest Goalscorers at the World Cup Including Lionel Messi

  • Lionel Messi and Pele are some of the standout football names that hold the record for the youngest footballers to score in a World Cup
  • Messi is ranked sixth on the list, with his goal against Serbia during the 2006 World Cup when he was aged 18 yrs, 357 days affording him a place in this exclusive club
  • Spain international Gavi, who is 18 years old, is among the young footballers who will be hoping to join the club during the 2022 edition of the World Cup

Scoring for the national team on the global stage is one of the highest honours of any footballer - and to do that at a young age is the stuff of dreams.

With barely two months left before the 2022 World Cup kicks off, a number of young football stars will be hoping to make a name for themselves in Qatar when they pull on their national colours.

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Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a match between Argentina and Bolivia at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti. Photo by Juan I. Roncoroni.
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The youngsters will be dreaming of joining an exclusive club of former footballers who became the pride of their countries for scoring at the global football tournament.

The exclusive club features several prominent teams, including Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi and Brazil football legend Pele.

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According to The Sun, Messi and Pele are among the youngest World Cup goalscorers, with the latter the only player to have scored in the tournament before hitting 18 years.

Below are the top 10 youngest footballers to score at the World Cup:

10. Constantin Stanciu

Constantin was aged just 19yrs, 92 days, when he scored for Romania in his country's 3-1 win over Peru in 1930.

9. Martin Hoffman

Martin Hoffman made a name for himself when he scored for East Germany during the 1974 edition of the World Cup against Chile.

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He was aged 19 yrs, 88 days.

8. Divock Origi

Divock, a Liverpool cult hero, has previously shown his knack for scoring important goals.

In 2014, he did just that while playing for Belgium, scoring against Russia at the age of 19 yrs, 65 days.

7. Julian Green

Julian Green also inked his name in the history books in 2014.

The American's well-taken volley against Belgium saw him enter this exclusive list as he was aged 19 yrs, 25 days when he scored.

6. Lionel Messi

Messi scored on his debut for Argentina back in 2006 against Serbia.

The PSG ace was brought on with 15 minutes remaining and used the occasion to tell the world what they would expect from him.

He was aged 18 yrs, 357 days at the time.

5. Dmitry Sychev

Nicknamed Russia's Michael Owen, Sychev was just 18 yrs, 231 days when he scored against Belgium during the 2002 World Cup.

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4. Nicolae Kovács

Nicolae is the other Romanian on this list.

The former footballer was aged 18 yrs, 197 days, when he scored for Romania against Peru in 1930.

3. Michael Owen

Michael Owen is fondly remembered for his goal against Romania while turning out for Engaldn during the 1998 World Cup.

The former Liverpool and Man United forward was aged 18 yrs, 190 days.

2. Manuel Rosas

Rosas held the record for the youngest goalscorer at the World Cup for 28 years.

The Mexican defender set the record during the 1930 edition of the tournament when he scored against Argentina.

He was aged 18 yrs, 93 days.

1. Pele

The Brazilian is unarguably one of the greatest of all time.

Pele holds the record for the youngest player to score at a World Cup.

The football icon set the record in 1958 when he scored against Wales at the age of 17 yrs, 239 days.

Source: Sports Brief News