Barcelona forward Lamine Yamal became the youngest goalscorer in La Liga after Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Granada.
Yamal’s goal came at the age of 16 years and 87 days, breaking a record held by Fabrice Olinger since 2012, who was 16 years and 98 days old when he scored for Malaga.
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Iker Munien, Ansu Fati and Cisco Nadal complete the top five and are the only other footballers to have scored in the Spanish top flight before their 17th birthday.
Yamal’s goal came at a crucial time for his Barcelona side, as they trailed 2-0 to Granada just before half-time. Joao Felix’s missed shot fell to Kishore’s feet and with nothing but net in front of him, he headed the ball home with ease.
Not one to be overwhelmed at this point, Yamal quickly picked up the ball and headed back to the halfway line with his teammates as they looked to start a comeback that ended in a draw.
Despite his historic night, Yamal was withdrawn in the 76th minute. Barca manager Xavi Hernandez said he thought his young star was fine but would be assessed in the coming days.
Yamal became one of only five players to make his Primera Division debut at the age of 15 in April when he came off the bench for the final minutes of the game against Real Betis.
However, former Mallorca forward Luca Romero, now at AC Milan, is the youngest ever to play in La Liga.
Due to his involvement in the Under-17 European Championship in May, Yamal was unable to feature again for Barca last season, but has played a key role in the start of the new campaign.
He was named man of the match in a 4–3 win over Villarreal, scoring two goals and retaining his place in Osasuna’s starting lineup for the third consecutive game despite Rafinha returning from suspension.
His performances led to a call-up to Spain’s senior team, who he chose to represent despite qualifying for Morocco and Equatorial Guinea through his parents.
Yamal is already the youngest player to play and score for Spain, which happened in September. 8 When he was anointed La Rosa 7-1 win over Georgia. He broke the record for youngest debut held by Barca teammate Gavi, who was 17 years and 62 days old when he made his debut for Spain in 2021.