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Barcelona’s 16-year-old Yamal becomes LaLiga’s youngest scorer

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 LaLiga - Granada v FC Barcelona - Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes, Granada, Spain - October 8, 2023 FC Barcelona's Lamine Yamal scores their first goal REUTERS/Jon Nazca Acquire Licensing Rights

Barcelona’s Spain winger Lamine Yamal became LaLiga’s youngest goalscorer aged 16 years and 87 days after he stroked the ball home from close range at Granada on Sunday.

Yamal, who in August set the record as Barca’s youngest debutant in an official match, became Spain’s youngest ever international and scorer at 16 years and 57 days when he made his debut away to Georgia in a Euro 2024 qualifier in September.

Against Granada, he scored in added time before the break as LaLiga champions Barcelona were trailing 2-0.

Yamal broke the record held by Malaga’s Fabrice Olinga, who scored against Celta Vigo in 2012 aged 16 years and 98 days.

Yamal, who has a Moroccan father, was born and raised in Spain and has become a key part of Barca’s forward line.

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His call-up for the senior Spain team ended the hopes of Moroccan fans that he could be persuaded to switch allegiance.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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