FC Barcelona rewrites the World Cup record book


FC Barcelona players are rewriting the Qatar 2022 history books, and the tournament is only a few days old. Gavi, Pedri and Balde have all done very special things.

Spectacular debut for Gavi

The 18-year-old wields a magic wand. Having set a host of records at club level, he also belies his young age on the world stage, not only appearing in the 7-0 defeat of Costa Rica, but scoring the fifth of those goals himself.

That fine instep finish was the crowning achievement of a delightful performance, which made him the youngest Spanish goalscorer in World Cup history, at just 18 years, 110 days, and the third youngest of all teams.

Englishman Michael Owen descends from the podium to be replaced by Gavi. Manuel Rosas, who scored for Mexico in 1930, is second and Gavi became the youngest player to score at a World Cup since the great Pele in 1958.

Gavi’s display was rightly honored with the FIFA MVP award.

Balde and Pedri also play

Balde made his Spain debut on the biggest stage possible and thus became the team’s second-youngest player of all time (Gavi, of course, is the best). With Pedri Also in the squad, it was only the second time in World Cup history that two players under 20 from the same club had started a World Cup match. The World Cup has only just begun, but Qatar 2022 is already feeling the impact of FC Barcelona!


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