Top 5 Youngest Goalscorers at European Championships After Florian Wirtz for Germany

Top 5 Youngest Goalscorers at European Championships After Florian Wirtz for Germany

Elijah Odetokun
June 15, 2024 at 10:56 AM
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  • Florian Wirtz scored the first goal for Germany in their 5-1 win over Scotland in the opening game of Euro 2024
  • The Bayer Leverkusen youngster who missed a big chance in the first minute struck brilliantly in the 10th minute
  • He became the youngest goalscorer for his country at the tournament at the age of 21 years and 42 days on his debut

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Florian Wirtz scored the first goal of the 2024 European Championship when he scored Germany's first goal in their opening game's 5-1 win over Scotland.

At 21 years and 42 days old, Wirtz became Germany's youngest ever goalscorer at the Euro with the goal—Jamal Musiala, who is a few days older than the Bayer star, also netted in the game.

Florian Wirtz, Germany, Scotland, Allianz Arena, Munich, Euro 2024.
Florian Wirtz celebrates scoring the first goal of Euro 2024 during Germany's 5-1 win over Scotland at Allianz Arena on June 14, 2024. Photo by MI News.
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Sports Brief looks at the youngest goal scorers at the tournament.

European Championship younger goalscorers

1. Johan Vonlanthen

According to Opta, the Swiss became the youngest scorer in the competition's history when he scored against France in Euro 2004 at 18 years, 141 days. Vonlanthen broke the record set by Wayne Rooney four days earlier at the same tournament.

2. Wayne Rooney

The former England international had the honour of being the youngest for four days before Vonlanthen took the record. Rooney, at 18 years and 237 days, scored twice against Switzerland at Euro 2024, the youngest player to score twice.

3. Renato Sanches

Sanches broke onto the scene at Euro 2016, helping Portugal win their first major trophy in France. He scored the equaliser against Poland in the quarter-final, earning him the record of the third youngest goalscorer at 18 years and 317 days.

4. Dragan Stojkovic

The Yugoslavian star scored only once at the tournament, earning him the record of the youngest scorer, which stood for 30 years before Rooney broke it at Euro 2024. Stojkovic's goal came in the 3-2 loss to France in 1984 at 19 years, 108 days.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo played in his first international tournament for Portugal in Euro 2004 and became one of the youngest goal-scorers at 19 years and 128 days old, against Greece. According to Sportskeeda, he is set to become the first player to play at six Euros this year.

U23 players to watch out for at Euro 2024

Sports Brief analysed the top U23 players to watch out for at Euro 2024, including established youngsters Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Jamal Musiala.

Musiala and Wirtz started for Germany in the opening match and scored the first two goals in the 5-1 win over Scotland, becoming the youngest players for their country.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.