The precocity of Pablo Martin Paez Gavira ‘Gavi’ At this point, it does not surprise anyone at all, since he already destroyed all the records registered in his club, FC Barcelona, when He broke into the Blaugrana first team at just 17 years old, breaking down the doors of the first team and establishing himself as one of the main hopes for the culés (and Spanish) for the future. A future that after winning this year the Kopa Trophy and the Golden Boy and seeing his exhibition against Costa Rica, he is already here, and he is unstoppable.
True to his extraordinary progression, Gavi’s debut in a World Cup could not disappoint, and it did not. Very comfortable in Luis Enrique’s system, was a constant nuisance thanks to his intensity, something non-negotiable in his game, and the success in the pass at the first touch and in the uncheck. He was undetectable for the Costa Ricans, who paid dearly for it. He took the MVP of the game after scoring a museum goal, technically exquisite due to the difficulty of hitting, in a volley without dropping the ball, with the outside, entering the race and hitting the ball to the post.
However, none of these achievements come close to the records Gavi has broken against Costa Rica. The first thing he achieved, as soon as he stepped onto the pitch of the Al Thumama Stadium after the referee’s initial whistle, was to surpass a mark that remained in the possession of another illustrious Barca youth squad, Cesc Fabregasthe one of Youngest debutant in the history of Spain in a World Cup. While Cesc he did it at 19 years and 41 daysleaving behind another legend like Julen Guerrero, Gavi has achieved it with only 18 years and 110 days.
Same age and same game with which he has managed, thanks to that great goal, to break another much older record for the Spanish National Team. You have to go back to England World Cup 1966 to find the youngest goalscorer in a World Cup in the history of Spainthe legendary Real Madrid player pirriwho saw the goal with 21 years and 122 days, in the defeat of Spain against Argentina by 2-1. That record is very distant in time, and the gap that Gavi has reduced is very wide, more than three years younger than Pirri when he converted for the first time in a World Cup.
Not content with all this, moreover, Gavi has achieved another milestone that, although it does not place it as number 1, could be even more important if viewed in perspective. Gavi, with the goal against Costa Rica, is already the second youngest scorer in World Cup history. Among all the teams, countries and players that have participated, Gavi is the second youngest player to score. And he does not end there, because in that comparison only surpasses him the one who for many is the best player in history: Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele’.
‘Ô Rei’ holds the record for World Cups won with 3of course, but in the first one (sweden 1958) established with his double against the host in the final that record that Gavi has not been able to hunt down, Being with 17 years and 249 days the youngest footballer to score in a World Cup. If the World Cup in Qatar had been held on the usual World Cup dates, in the summer, it is in fact likely that it would have surpassed Pelé’s record, which does not detract from what was achieved by a boy of just 18 years of age, who turned last August, who continues to show that his talent has no ceiling.
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