Top 9 youngest goal scorers in the FIFA World Cup history



Among the top legends of the game, PELE stands at the top on the list when he netted a goal against Wales in the 1958 edition of the WC’s quarterfinal aged 17 years and 239 days.

Manuel Rosas

Mexican defender Manuel Rosas netted two prolific goals in the WC’s first-ever edition in their 6-3 defeat against the Argentinian side when he was aged just 18 years and 93 days.

Michael Owen

The British Michael Owen is third on the list and the youngest European to do so aged 18 years and 190 days in a group stage game against Romania in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Nicole Kovacs

Romanian forward Nicolae Kovács scored his only goal at a FIFA World Cup in Romania’s 3-1 win over Peru at the 1930 tournament at the age of 18 years and 197 days.

Dimitry Sychev

Dimitry Sychev was just 18 years and 231 days old when he scored past Geert De Vlieger in the Belgian goal and had earlier come on as a first-half substitute in his side’s 3-2 defeat in the 2002 FIFA WC edition.

Lionel Messi

Netting his first-ever WC goal on his debut Lionel Messi did this aged 18 years and 357 days in Argentina’s 6-0 demolition of Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Julian Green

Julian Green from the US featured in the 2014 World Cup against the strong Belgium side aged 19 years and 25 days comes 7th on this list of the elite.

Divock Origi

Divock Origi of Belgium also holds the honor of scoring at the biggest stage of the game aged 19 years and 65 days against Russia in the 2014 World Cup.

Martin Hoffmann

Playing for undivided Germany in the World Cup’s 1974 edition Martin Hoffmann did it for East Germany vs the South American nation Chile at the age of 19 years and 88 days.