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Who’s the youngest goal scorer within the World Cup?

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Who is the youngest goal scorer in the World Cup?

Pele, Brazil – 17 years and 239 days

Pele is youngest player to score in a FIFA Men’s World Cup. The Brazilian forward was 17 years and 239 days old when he scored his first World Cup goal in the quarter-final match against Wales during the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

After his volley helped Brazil beat Wales with a lone goal, Pele became king youngest player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup Brazil defeated France 5-2 in the semi-finals.

Furthermore, Pele scored twice in Brazil’s other 5-2 win over hosts Sweden, thus becoming the youngest player to play and score in a FIFA World Cup final. To this day, Pele remains the only player to score in a FIFA World Cup before the age of 18.

Pele was also part of the Brazilian teams that won the 1962 and 1970 FIFA World Cups. He is considered one of the greatest players to grace the game.

Manuel Rosas, Mexico – 18 years, 90 days

Mexican defender Manuel Rosas is the second-youngest men’s World Cup goalscorer at 18 years and 90 days. However, it was an unfortunate own goal in Mexico’s group match against Chile during the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup. It was the first own goal scored in FIFA World Cup history.

Three days later, Rosas made up for it by scoring twice, albeit in Mexico’s 6-3 defeat to Argentina. His first goal came from the penalty spot, making it the first penalty kick in men’s FIFA World Cup history.

No matter how you look at it, Rosas remains second on the list of youngest goalscorers in the history of the competition.

Michael Owen, England – 18 years and 190 days

England were losing 1-0 to Romania at the 1998 World Cup before striker Michael Owen scored in the 83rd minute to equalize for the 1966 World Cup champions.

Although England lost the game to Romania by scoring in the last minute, Michael Owen, aged 18 years and 190 days, became the youngest English player to score in a FIFA World Cup and third on the all-time list.

With goals scored at UEFA Euro 2000, the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, Michael Owen is the only player to score in four consecutive major tournaments for England.

Nicolae Kovacs, Romania – 18 years and 198 days

Romania’s Nicolae Kovacs is fourth on the list of youngest players to score at the FIFA World Cup. He scored for Romania against Peru in the 1930 World Cup, helping his team win 3-1. He was then 18 years and 198 days old.

Nicolae Kovacs was one of the few players to appear in all three World Championships before the World War. Later, Kovacs also represented the Hungarian football team.

Yelena Danilova, Russia – 16 years and 107 days

Yelena Danilova played for Russia at the 2003 Women’s World Cup and scored in a 7-1 win over eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals. She was 16 years and 107 days old at the time.

Elena played 52 matches for Russia in a career marred by injuries. She played her last match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018.

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