Former Liverpool transfer target Gavi made history as Spain’s youngest ever World Cup goal scorer last night.
The 18-year-old bagged a wonderful outside-of-the-boot volley to put his country 5-0 up against Costa Rica. At 18 years and 110 days old, that represented a new record.
It caps off a brilliant couple of months for Gavi. Despite seemingly rejecting Liverpool’s advances in the summer, he was awarded both the Golden Boy award and the Kopa Trophy over recent weeks.
Both of those awards came with some debate. But on the world stage, the Barcelona youngster is already showing why the Reds were prepared to trump all other contract offers to sign him.
Alas, Gavi ended up signing a new deal to stay on at Barca. As he goes from strength to strength, Liverpool are left to rue what might have been.
Liverpool miss out on truly special player
For a while, it had looked a real possibility that Liverpool might snatch Gavi from Barcelona.
Rumours rumbled on throughout the summer that the Reds were prepared to trigger his relatively low release clause.
However, the most likely scenario always felt like Gavi staying on at his hometown club. Having broken into the side barely past his seventeenth birthday, he has the potential to be a real legend in Catalonia.
The same can also be said of the Spanish national team. With fellow prodigy Pedri alongside him in midfield for club and country, there are obvious echoes of the old Xavi/Andres Iniesta legacy.
Xavi himself has said as much. The now Barca manager has called Gavi ‘spectacular’ in the recent past. Although both players would probably play down those links, what they are doing is quite remarkable.
Fans, and players, around the world were perhaps stunned that Spain boss Luis Enrique omitted Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara from his squad.
But looking at the talent of both Pedri and Gavi, you can begin to understand his plan.