Barcelona prodigy, Ansu Fati recently created history when he became the youngest Champions League goalscorer of all-time during their 2-1 win over Inter Milan in 2019/20. But who are the others to have achieved similar feats during their time? Let’s take a look.
5. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 17yrs and 218 days
Cesc Fabregas burst onto the scene as a perocious youngster at Arsenal and never looked back after that, with the Spaniard netting his first ever Champions League goal aged 17yrs and 218 days against Rosenberg in 2004/05.
The 32-year-old has won every title except the Champions League and it looks unlikely that he will add it to his collection as he currently plays for an ailing AS Monaco side.
4. Bojan Krkic (Barcelona) – 17yrs and 217 days
Hailed as the “next Messi”, Bojan Krkic announced his arrival with a bang, scoring the solitary goal during Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Schalke in the quarter-final first leg in 2007/08. That he broke Messi’s record as the youngest Barcelona player to score in the Champions League only added to the hype.
However, that was as good as it got for the striker as he soon struggled to maintain fitness in a career which has seen him play for AS Roma, AC Milan, Ajax and Stoke City.
3. Mateo Kovacic (Dinamo Zagreb) – 17yrs and 215 days
Not known for his goalscoring exploits, Mateo Kovacic showed the world his talents by netting Dinamo’s opening goal against Lyon in 2011/12 and since then hasn’t looked back. His exploits earned him a move to Inter Milan in 2013, followed by Real Madrid, post which he has now established himself as a key component in the midfield for Chelsea.
2. Peter Ofori-Quaye (Olympiakos) – 17yrs and 194 days
A suprising name on this list, Peter Ofori-Quaye stunned everybody when he came of the bench to score during Olympiakos’ 5-1 loss to Rosenberg, aged just 17yrs and 194 days. The Ghanian was considered as a hot prospect since the age of 15 and despite remaining at the Greek side for six seasons and playing in the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, his career soon fizzled out.
Ofori-Quaye last played for a club in 2012 and in all probability his days of Champions League heroics are over.
1. Ansu Fati (Barcelona) – 17yrs and 40 days
Considered by many at Barcelona to be the next superstar for them, Ansu Fati made history by becoming the youngest Champions League goalscorer of all-time during their 2-1 win over Inter Milan in 2019/20.
The 17-year-old prodigy already created club history earlier when he scored two goals in his first three games in the La Liga and looks to have a bright future ahead.
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