A goal for your club on the biggest stage is beautiful. If it happens at a very young age, it is more beautiful partly because none of the top 10 youngest Champions league debutants is among the ten youngest Champions League goal scorers.
This shows that a player may make his Champions League debut very young but fail to score almost immediately. The 10 youngest Champions League goal scorers feature an Arsenal legend and a Madrid legend. It features players who started their professional careers at a young age.
This list is in descending order. Meanwhile, this list consists of players who scored from the group stages to the final.
Karim Benzema (17 years 352 days)
Benzema is a legend in his own right with Real Madrid, the 10th youngest Champions League goalscorer. He made his debut in the competition while at Olympic Lyon.
Benzema scored his first Champions League goal on his debut. It came in the last group match between Lyon and Rosenborg on the 6th of December 2005. He scored the opener in Lyon’s 2-1 win over Rosenborg.
Pedro Gonzalez Lopez (17 years 330 days)
Also known as Pedri, the player started his professional career at Las Palmas. After just one season with the club, he moved to Barcelona, where he got his first taste of the Champions League.
Like Benzema, he scored his first goal on his debut in the competition. He scored the 4th goal in Barcelona’s 5-1 victory over Ferencvaros on October 20, 2020. At age 17 years and 330 days, he is at the number nine position of the 10 youngest Champions League goal scorers.
Aaron Ramsey (17 years 330 days)
The 9th position of the 10 youngest Champions league goal scorers is shared by Pedri and Ramsey. Interestingly, both players were the same age when they scored their first goal.
In 2009, Ramsey scored Arsenal’s 5th goal in their 5-2 demolition of Fenerbahce away from home. That goal was the first he scored at Arsenal.
Jude Bellingham (17 years 289 days)
Jude Bellingham began his professional career at Birmingham City’s under-8 team. He rose through the rank till he became a first-team player. At some point, he combined being a student and a footballer simultaneously. Also, he got a football scholarship with the club.
Bellingham was Birmingham City’s youngest-ever first-team player and won the Young Player of the Season award in his final season at the club. Following his move to Borussia Dortmund, his no 22 jersey was retired from the club in appreciation of his efforts.
However, It was at Dortmund that he scored his first Champions League goal. Before the goal, he had made the record as the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League match and the club’s youngest goalscorer in a competitive match, as reported by borussiadortmund.co.uk.
He scored his first Champions League goal in the quarter-final second-leg fixture against Manchester City where his team lost 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate). Thus, he joined the top 10 list of the youngest UEFA Champions League goalscorers.
Breel Embolo (17 years 263 days)
Embolo graduated from Basel’s youth academy and debuted professionally in the 2013/14 season. That season, he had his first experience of European competition. Howbeit, it was in the second tier, the Europa League.
Subsequently, he made his debut in the UEFA Champions League. He scored his first goal in the competition when Basel lost 4-0 to Ludogorets. Thus, he is 7th on the list of 10 youngest Champions League top scorers.
Martin Klein (17 years 241 days)
The former Czech Republic international began his professional career at Sparta Prague. Before then, he had featured in the youth teams of Boby Brno and RAFK Rajhrad.
He scored his first Champions League goal in Sparta Prague’s 2-1 loss to Panathinaikos in 2002. That goal puts him number 6 among the 10 youngest Champions League goal scorers.
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Bojan Krkic (17 years 218 days)
Bojan is a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia Academy. He made a reputation for scoring goals while with the youth team of Barcelona. It did not come as a surprise to many when he became the club’s youngest goalscorer ever. Although that record no longer belongs to him
Bojan scored his first Champions League goal on 1st April 2008 in a quarter-final match against Schalke 04. It was the only goal of Barcelona’s 1-0 first-leg away win in Germany.
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Cesc Fabregas (17 years 218 days)
Interestingly, two products of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy share the 5th spot among 10 youngest Champions League goal scorers. They scored their first Champions League goal at the same age (17 years 218 days)
Cesc Fabregas left Barcelona for Arsenal in search of game time.
He made his professional debut at the latter and scored his first Champions League goal. He scored Arsenal’s third goal in their 5-1 demolition of Rosenborg in the 2004/05 Champions League season. At the time, he was the second on the list of the youngest Champions League goal scorers.
Mateo Kovacic (17 years 216 days)
Croatian international had a bitter-sweet experience on the day he scored his first Champions League goal. Having graduated from Dinamo Zagreb’s youth academy, he had his first season in the Champions League in 2012.
He scored his first goal in the Dinamo’s last group match against Lyon. Unfortunately, it was a consolation in his team’s 7-1 demolition at home.
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Peter Ofori-Quaye (17 years 195 days)
The former Ghanaian international was the youngest Champions League goalscorer for 22 years. After two years at the Greek club Kalamata, Ofori joined Olympiakos. It was at the club that he scored his first Champions League goal.
He scored Olympiakos’ only goal in their 5-1 humiliating defeat to Rosenborg in the 1997/98 season. At just 17 years 195 days, he topped the list of the youngest goal scorers in the Champions League until Ansu Fati 2020.
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Ansu Fati (17 years 40 days)
Ansu Fati joined Barcelona’s famed La Masia Academy at 10. He made his first-team debut at the club in August 2019 and has since broken many records. He is the club’s senior team’s youngest goalscorer and the second-youngest debutant.
Also, he is the youngest player in La Liga history to score and assist in one match. He achieved this feat by scoring and assisting in Barcelona’s 5-2 home win against Valencia. Furthermore, he is the youngest player to feature for Barcelona in the Champions League.
Most importantly, he sits top of the 10 youngest Champions League goalscorers list. Fati scored his first Champions League goal in Barcelona’s 2-1 away win at Inter Milan.
In essence, Ansu Fati is the youngest Champions League Goal Scorer.
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In conclusion, about 40% of these players have ties with FC Barcelona. They either scored their first goal with Barcelona or graduated from their academy.
Perhaps, it confirms Barcelona’s academy as one of the best in Europe. Also, it is a testament that younger players are given opportunities to shine on the biggest stage.
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