Youngest Goal-Scorers in the world of all time
Let’s face it, we all love football, whether it is watching a thrilling 90-minute Champions League battle, or playing a simple friendly match outside with our friends. We love it when our favorite team, player, or even an underdog team scores in a match. We are filled with joy and excitement when we score a goal in the casual match with our friends.
What most of us don’t get to experience though, is the joy of scoring for an actual official and professional team. There are others however, that get to play in Europe’s top five leagues which is truly a dream come true. These players shape the footballing world as they play in the most prestigious leagues, where top money is paid for he who succeeds.
Amongst these professional footballers, rare gems tend to appear once every few years, graduating from some of the best football youth academies such as ‘De Toekomst’, ‘Castilla’ and ‘La Masia’. These players usually shine bright from the very first moment, scoring their first goal at the very young age that they are. Let us now have a look at some of the youngest scorers in football history.
Youngest goal-scorers ever in the world
Here are some of the youngest goal scorers ever from Europe’s top five leagues.
- Game: (Leeds) v Sunderland
- Age: 16 years, 11 months
Liverpool’s current vice-captain James Milner has been an integral part of Jürgen Klopp’s from the day he joined The Reds. But Liverpool is not the only team he has played for in his career. In fact, Milner is one of the oldest players active in the Premier League as he has spent almost all of his career playing for Premier League teams.
Some might not be sure where to position the 34-year-old however, as he is immensely versatile, being able to play as a full-back, in the midfield or even on the wings, which makes him quite a useful player for managers to have in their rosters.
Milner is an experienced player. He has played over 730 games, bagging 85 goals and making 127 assists throughout his career. But this amount of experience was not made overnight, as he, just like all the other football stars, has had to start from somewhere and put his best effort into it in order to succeed. This is how he managed to make a name for himself as one of the world’s youngest goal scorers ever.
“Ansu Fati becomes Spain’s youngest goal-scorer.” This might be on the headlines of the news everywhere around the world. But there was a time when James Milner had made a name for himself as one of the Premier League’s youngest scorers of all time after netting a goal for his childhood dream club Leeds United in a game against Sunderland when he was only 16 years, 11 months and 22 days old. Having replaced an injured Alan Smith, he scored the goal six minutes into the second-half during their 2-1 away win over Sunderland.
- Game: (Everton) v Arsenal
- Age: 16 years, 11 months
If you’re a fan of football, and have been one for at least a few years, then you know about and love the deadly English striker Wayne Rooney. Not many people can boast about being the top goal-scorer for their club and country or being one of Premier League youngest scorers of all time, but Rooney is certainly an exception.
Even years after his departure from his former club Manchester United, he is still on top with the most goals scored for the club with 253 goals in 559 appearances. Even the legendary player Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record couldn’t stand against this prolific striker’s destiny.
Ansu Fati might have just become Spain’s youngest goal-scorer ever, but he has got a long way to go to become an iconic player and a legend for his country. Wayne Rooney, on the other hand, has already managed to become a legend for both Manchester United and England, as he is also the top goal-scorer for his country with 53 goals, scoring his very first on 6 September, 2003. These are not the only goal-scoring achievements of the Englishman however, as he is also on the Premier League youngest scorers of all time.
- Game: (Real Madrid) v Atletico
- Age: 17 years, 4 months
Ansu Fati has just become one of the world’s youngest goal scorers ever in international games, which clearly means that he has got immense talent and potential to realize in the near future. He might also be able to follow in Raul’s footsteps, one of Spain’s youngest goal scorers ever.
Raúl González Blanco, commonly known to football fans as Raul is one of Real Madrid’s most iconic and legendary players of all time. He is the second all-time top goal-scorer of his club, with only Cristiano Ronaldo has being able to score more than him for the La Liga giants. During his 16-year career with Los Blancos, Raul played a total of 741 games, scoring a mind-blowing 323 goals in the process.
This goal tally is certainly one to remember since not many people can claim to have scored such a high number of goals for a team like Real Madrid. Of course Raul’s success could have been foreseen from the early days of his career as he scored his first goal in La Liga when he was merely a 17-year-old teenager, becoming one of La Liga youngest scorers of all time.
Not many young talents could be trustworthy enough to play at a high stakes game such as the Madrid Derby, but Raul was certainly impressive enough to be trusted by then Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano to not only play, but also start in a such an important match. Little did they know that the 17-year-old wonderkid was about to become one of La Liga youngest scorers of all time, which also made him one of the youngest goal scorers ever. Raul is now Real Madrid Castilla’s manager, getting ready to replace Zidane if he ever chooses to manage France instead.
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- Game: (Barcelona) v Osasuna
- Age: 16 years, 10 months
This kid has been on the headlines so many times this season. Not only has he scored for his country a couple of days ago and has become Spain’s and also one of the world’s youngest goal scorers ever, but he also broke two other impressive records this season in La Liga, one of which was becoming one of La Liga’s youngest scorers of all time.
Fati comes from a footballing family as his two brothers are also footballers. Even his father Bori Fati is an ex-footballer. This might indicate that football is in their genes, as this wonderkid has already made a name for himself, both in La Liga by becoming one of La Liga youngest scorers of all time, and in international football after he became Spain’s youngest goal scorer of all time.
As one of the youngest scorers in football history, the now 17-year-old show a lot of promise. He became the second-youngest player to ever play a La Liga game for the Spanish giants Barcelona on match day 2, later also becoming one of La Liga’s youngest goal scorers ever on match day 3 with a sublime header against Osasuna in a 2-2 draw.
It is worth mentioning however, that although Fati is one of the youngest goal scorers ever, he is not the youngest goal scorer in the history of La Liga. That title goes to Fabrice Olinga who scored on his debut for the Spanish side Malaga, helping his team to an opening day win against Celta Vigo.
- Game: (Juventus) v Bologna
- Age: 17 years, 3 months
The Italian wonderkid Moise Kean might be an Everton player now, but it was during his spell at Juventus that he made a name for himself. Kean has had quite a number of achievements that cannot ever be taken away as these achievements could only be achieved once.
The then 17-year-old striker scored a goal for his former club Juventus in a 2-1 win against Bologna, which made him one of Serie A youngest scorers of all time. But this wasn’t his only achievement that day as he also became the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in Europe’s top five leagues.
It only took Kean a couple of weeks to go from the first player born in the 2000s to make an appearance in Serie A to the to the first player born in the 2000’s to score in Serie A, which also made him one of the youngest goal scorers ever. You might think that becoming one of Serie A’s youngest scorers of all time might stop this kid from aiming higher, but that was not the case. The Italian striker also became the first player born in the 2000’s to play in the UEFA Champions League, while also becoming the Italy’s second youngest goal scorer ever behind Bruno Nicolè.
- Game: (Genoa) v Roma
- Age: 16 years, 2 months
Are you looking for an exciting prospect to sign for your team on FIFA? Then you should definitely check out this Italian wonderkid. Pietro Pellegri was only 16 years old when he broke the internet after he became the one of the youngest goal scorers ever with a goal against Francesco Totti’s team Roma.
The now 19-year-old starlet was born in March, 2001, when Totti was playing his 9th professional season. He scored the record-breaking goal only three minutes into the game which saw him become the media’s center of attention, getting praises from all the world. What is interesting is that not only is he one of the youngest goal scorers ever, but he is also the joint youngest player to appear in a game in Serie A at the age of 15 years and 280 days old, which is absolutely phenomenal, suggesting his extremely high potential that he could one day realize if he puts the effort.
Pellegri, at the top of list of Serie A youngest scorers of all time, signed for Monaco back in 2018, but hasn’t been able to impress due to his consistent injuries that have made miss more than 300 days of his career at Monaco. However, this does not mean that he cannot bounce back to his former glory and potential. He only needs better fitness and a bit of luck with his injuries.
These were some of the youngest goal scorers ever in the world, with Ansu Fati being the latest to join the youngest international goal scorers. Many can anticipate big things from these high potential prospects as the new era of football is getting closer every day.
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- Game: (Borussia Dortmund) v Nuremberg
- Age: 17 years, 2 months
Nuri Şahin is one of the most successful Turkish players of all time alongside the likes of Arda Turan and Hakan Şükür. He has played for some of the world’s biggest clubs such as Real Madrid, Liverpool and of course Dortmund. But before signing for Real Madrid back in 2011 for a fee of €10 million, he was considered to be one of the German club’s brightest talents.
15 years ago all the way back in 2005, Sahin became the youngest player ever in the Bundesliga, a record which still holds to this day. Only players with high potentials could be selected to play in a major league at such a young age, which shows that Sahin was one such player. During the same season he also got to the top of the list of Bundesliga youngest scorers of all time. However, this record was broken several times as it is now held by Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz. He is nonetheless one of Bundesliga youngest scorers of all time.
- Game: (OGC Nice) v Thonon Évian
- Age: 16 years, 4 months
With everything that Kylian Mbappe has achieved at such a young age, he might also be at top of the list of Ligue 1 youngest scorers of all time. But that is not the case for the French Striker. The top spot on the list of Ligue 1 youngest scorers of all time goes to the now 24-year-old French Striker Neal Maupay.
The famous and quite vital injury-time goal came from Maupay for his former club OGC Nice against Thonon Évian, which helped them to a win as they came recovered from two goals down to make it 3-2. The young striker was only 16 years and 4 months old at the time, which made him sit on top of the list of Ligue 1 youngest scorers of all time. He now plays for the English side Brighton and Hove Albion.
These were only some of the youngest goal scorers ever as there are many other young talents and legendary icons on the list that were not mentioned. Now, will have to wait and see which of the young talents on this list will become the superstars of the future.