Barcelona winger Lamine Lamal became the youngest player in the history of the Spanish national team to score a goal at the age of 16 years and 57 days during his first participation in a landslide victory over his Georgian host 7-1 in the 2024 European Football Championship qualifiers today, Friday.
Lamal came on as a substitute in the 44th minute to replace the injured Marco Asensio, breaking the record of his Barcelona teammate Gabi, who was 17 years and 62 days old when he played his first international match in 2021.
Gabi broke Angel Zubieta’s record (17 years and 284 days), which had stood for 85 years.
Lamal scored the seventh goal for Spain, the 2023 European Nations League champion, with a perfect touch inside the penalty area.
Lamal, who became the youngest player to make his debut with Barcelona in an official match last month, received an invitation to represent Spain for the first time when coach Luis de Lafuente chose him to face Georgia and Cyprus this week in Group A of the European Championship qualifiers.
He became an important pillar of Barcelona’s attack at the beginning of the current season and was chosen as man of the match in the 4-3 win over Villarreal in the Spanish League last month.
Lamal was born and raised in Spain to a Moroccan father and played for the youth national teams in Spain.
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