Gavi at 18 years and 110 days also was the youngest player to score for Spain at the show-piece tournament and the youngest scorer since Brazil legend Pele, who scored in 1958 against Wales when he was 17 years and 239 days old.
The second youngest goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup is Mexico’s Manuel Rosas, who scored when he was 18 years and 93 days old in the inaugural edition in 1930 against Argentina.
Also featuring in the list are Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Belgium’s Divock Origi and former England forward Michael Owen, who is the youngest ever goal-scorer for the Three Lions. In fact, Owen scored twice in the 1998 World Cup, while Messi scored on his World Cup debut appearance in 2006.
Here is a look at the top 10 youngest goalscorers in FIFA World Cup finals history:
Player Country Versus Age Edition Pele Brazil Wales 17years, 239days 1958 Manuel Rosas Mexico Argentina 18years, 93day 1930 Gavi Spain Costa Rica 18years, 110days 2022 Michael Owen England Romania 18years, 190days 1998 Nicolae Kovacs Romania Peru 18years, 197days 1930 Dmitry Sychev Russia Belgium 18years, 231days 2002 Lionel Messi Argentina Serbia 18years, 357days 2006 Julian Green USA Belgium 19years, 25days 2014 Divock Origi Belgium Russia 19years, 65days 2014 Martin Hoffman East Germany Chile 19years, 88days 1974
Last year, Gavi became the youngest ever to represent Spain when he started in the UEFA Nations League semifinal against Italy at 17 years and 62 days., breaking the record held by Angel Zubieta, who was 17 years and 284 days old when he made his debut for La Roja.
Gavi, who plays for Barcelona in the La Liga, also won the Golden Boy and Kopa Trophy awards earlier this year for his exploits with club and country.
Meanwhile, Spain recorded their biggest victory in FIFA World Cup finals, with a 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica. The La Roja went level with Uruguay, Poland, Turkey and Portugal, who all won by a similar scoreline in earlier editions of the FIFA World Cup finals.
Here is a look at some of the biggest wins in FIFA World Cup finals history:
Team Versus Final Score Edition Hungary El Salvador 10-1 1982 Hungary South Korea 9-0 1954 Yugoslavia Zaire 9-0 1974 Sweden Cuba 8-0 1938 Uruguay Bolivia 8-0 1950 Germany Saudi Arabia 8-0 2002 Uruguay Scotland 7-0 1954 Turkey South Korea 7-0 1954 Poland Haiti 7-0 1974 Portugal North Korea 7-0 2010 Spain Costa Rica 7-0 2022 Germany Brazil 7-1 2014