At the time when most of the children, adolescents and pubescents in Spain were having a snack, Gavi, born in 2004, of legal age since August, was devouring Costa Rica and swallowing records while digesting his debut in a World Cup at an age where normal It is usually carrying a backpack full of notes on your back from Monday to Friday.
The snacks are no longer like before, in the nineties, where the children left school and were received by a string of Phoskitos, Bollycaos, Pink Panthers, Prince cookies and Donuts. Now parents are more aware. At the doors of the schools you can see fruit, milk, some juice, sausage sandwiches and mini longanizas. Healthier, more natural foods without so many added sugars. Here the question is that Gavi's parents gave him his eldest son, whom they call Pablo, so that she would grow up as he has done to break down all barriers.
Not in height but in greatness, in temper and in football quality. And especially in precocity. Gavi has grown fast. He to the point of debuting in a World Cup at 18 years and 110 days. To do it as the owner. Not to be impressed by the stage. To give the assistance of 1-0. And in the second part, mark the fifth in the afternoon, surely the most beautiful. “Not even in the best of my dreams would I have imagined this. I'm very happy. I don't think much about records either. Koke tells me that I will find out when the years go by”, explained the Andalusian.
Seeing his deployment in the 90 minutes, no one was surprised that he was chosen as the best of the game. One more award to add to the collection, where the Kopa Trophy and the Golden Boy shine. "We have all played a magnificent game", he took credit for it.
The interior of Barcelona has been before the 9 of Spain than the 6 of Barça, which will be from January. At the moment in Qatar he has already had time to become the youngest Spanish international to debut and score a goal in a World Cup. We must not forget that he was barely five years old the day Iniesta beat Stekelenburg in Johannesburg.
In 2006 Cesc Fàbregas, who entered in the 77th minute, had another film premiere in another after dinner with just 19 years of age. That sunny afternoon in Leipzig, Spain beat Ukraine 4-0. In Doha it was even better. Gavi lowered the record of Arenys, who is still active in Como, and the red – red from head to toe – achieved the biggest win in his history.
Spain was one goal away from reaching 100 in the World Cups since Iraragorri, from a penalty, scored the first in Genoa in the round of 16 in 1934, against Brazil. The round number was signed by Dani Olmo when he took advantage of a pass over the Tico Calvo, who grazed the ball.
Sometimes, out of nerves, the boots were not tied well. But with the ball in play it is fire, a volcano, a gushing torrent. Everything seems possible to him. Crashing and running over Goretza: check. Scoring a great goal at the Camp Nou: check. Beating Oblak from above: check. Debut with Spain in a Nations League: check. Yellow in a classic: check.
And score in a World Cup? Also done. He asked Morata for the ball with a shout and when the athletic man saw him he did not think twice. The ball arrived warm but did not stop it. He hooked it directly with his right, first, from the edge with such precision that the ball hit the post before going in. Difficult to know if it was more historical or more plastic. Only Pelé in Sweden 1958 and Manuel Rosas, a Mexican, in Uruguay 1930, were younger when they celebrated their first goal in the World Cups. "It's a pride to be on that podium," he reflected. Although Gavi is more of action.