Barcelona’s newest hope became the youngest player to debut for Spain as Lamine Yamal took the field in the European Championship qualifier against Georgia. Just 182 minutes of professional football was enough for De La Fuente to call up the skilful winger, who not only made his debut, but also scored straight away to become the youngest goalscorer in La Roja history. In this article, we have collected the youngest Spanish debutants.
Pedro Regueiro: 18 years, 20 days
The Basque, who spent most of his career with Real Uni in his native Irún, made just four appearances for the national team. However, his debut for Spain in a friendly against Portugal on 4 January 1928 went down in national football history as he was the youngest ever debutant for eight years. His second match took place seven years later, in 1935, against Germany.
Bojan Krkic: 18 years, 13 days
The former Barcelona player, who also played for Milan, Roma, Ajax and Stoke City, made his debut in 2008, in one of Del Bosque’s first matches as a coach. He was called up in August, but did not play his first (and only) match for Spain until September, against Armenia. He retired from professional football last March.
Ansu Fati: 17 years, 10 months, 3 days
Ansu Fati, who also came from Barça, experienced one of the greatest appearances in the history of Spanish football: Luis Enrique called him up and made his debut on September 3, 2020, none other than against Germany in the League of Nations. Three days later, he had his first outstanding performance: he recorded a goal and an assist against Ukraine in the same series. At 21, he can still add to his two goals in nine games for Spain.
Ángel Zubieta: 17 years, 9 months, 9 days
The Basque played only two matches in Spain, both in 1936. He played the full 90 minutes against Switzerland and the Czech Republic, although the midfielder did not score in either match. However, this fact does not detract from the fact that he was the youngest player to debut for Spain at 85.
Gavi: 17 years, 2 months, 1 day
He was the best among the ranked players. With 3 goals scored in 21 matches, he played the most and scored the most goals among the players listed above. However, the Barça player remembers the day of his debut, the 2021 Nations League semi-final against Italy, from which they came out victorious, but ended up bleeding out against France in the final. Two years later, in the summer Nations League, he won his first title with Spain.
Lamine Yamal: 16 years, 2 months, 57 days
Barcelona’s savior only really exploded at the beginning of the season, even though he got a few minutes at the end of last season, but since then we’ve been scratching our heads, breaking so many records and who knows where he’ll end up. He may have a great future ahead of him and, as he put it, he lives in a dream world.