By William Hill
Last Updated: 5th June 2020
Kylian Mbappé’s brace for France vs Argentina saw him become the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup finals match since Pele in the 1958 final, but the precocious Parisian is far from being World Cup’s youngest goalscorer.
The Paris Saint-Germain starlet, has now struck four World Cup goals in Russia, and is currently 16/1 to finish as Champions League Top Goalscorer for 2018/19.
Despite his heroics, at 19 years and 184 days when notching his first strike of the finals, Mbappé is positively ancient when it comes to the five youngest scorers in World Cup finals history.
5. Dmitri Sychev, 18 years and 231 days
Starting off the list in patriotic style is a former Russian wonder kid Dmitri Sychev, a talented teenager that sadly never fulfilled his early promise.
At the age of 18, he had already built up a huge reputation in his native homeland with his impressive burst of pace, agility and clinical finishing in front of goal.
Sychev became the youngest ever Russian representative at the 2002 World Cup against Tunisia, before eventually netting against Belgium in his country’s final group game. They eventually lost 3-2 and were eliminated.
4. Nicolae Kovacs, 18 years and 198 days
A real blast from the past next. Nicolae Kovacs was involved as Romania took on Peru in the inaugural 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.
The promising teenager managed to get himself on the scoresheet in a 3-1 triumph for the Romanians in South American.
It may not have been on the grand scale we witness in international football in the current climate, but finding the target at such a young age is impressive nevertheless, even back then.
3. Michael Owen, 18 years and 190 days
From two lesser-known youngsters to a familiar face next. Former England marksman Michael Owen was as deadly as they come back in his early days before several injuries blighted his career.
Long before baffling the nation with his, interesting views from a role as a football pundit today, Owen was a feared young forward.
At the age of 18, he burst on to the scene for England at the 1998 World Cup in France, scoring an equaliser against Romania and famously dispatching past Argentina too. He’s still also the only three Lions player to ever strike in four major tournaments. Not too shabby.
2. Manuel Rosas, 18 years and 94 days
A former Mexican starlet, Manuel Rosas took to the 1930 World Cup and ultimately broke several records.
He became the then youngest player to ever score at the World Cup and the first to successfully dispatch a penalty at the tournament against Argentine.
In his next outing against Chile, Rosas then became the first ever own-goal scorer at the WC. Talk about hero to zero.
1. Pele, 17 years and 234 days
Rounding off the list is one of the greatest players in history. Pele is the answer to this often asked pub quiz question, as he broke Rosas’ record in the 1958 World Cup.
The Brazilian starred at just 17 years of age at the event in Sweden, as they eventually secured success outright.
Pele, of course, went on to lift two more World Cup trophies, but is most remembered for his 1958 heroics as a young boy.