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Five Key Facts About Spanish Football Prodigy Lamine Yamal


Famous Personalities  •  11 Jul, 2024  •  10,195 Views  •  ⭐ 3.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Teen sensation Lamine Yamal has garnered praise from Spain’s coach Luis de la Fuente, who called him “a genius” after the 16-year-old scored the equalizer in Spain's Euro 2024 semi-final against France. The Barcelona winger's incredible goal balanced the score after Randal Kolo Muani's early header gave France a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. Yamal's performance earned him the Man of the Match title as Spain went on to win 2-1. So, who is this rising star making waves at Euro 2024?

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A Young Record-Breaker

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Yamal’s goal in the 21st minute of the semi-final made him the youngest-ever scorer in European Championship history. However, even before Euro 2024, Yamal had already etched his name into the record books. On October 8, 2023, he became the youngest scorer in both La Liga and Barcelona's history, netting his first goal in a 2-2 draw against Granada. His standout performances earned him Tuttosport’s Golden Boy The Youngest award for 2023, making him the youngest nominee for the Under-21 accolade. Notably, he missed the award ceremony due to school commitments. He is a strong contender for the 2024 Golden Boy title, following in the footsteps of past winners like Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, and Kylian Mbappe.

This historical context underscores Yamal's extraordinary potential. Being compared to legends like Messi and Mbappe at such a young age is no small feat, and it sets high expectations for his future. Yamal's journey is a testament to his dedication and the support he has received from his family and coaches.

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Stellar Euro Debut

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Yamal earned his first call-up to Spain's senior team during the Euro 2024 qualifiers, debuting in a resounding 7-1 victory against Georgia, where he scored in the 74th minute. His impressive performance in the qualifiers secured him a spot on Spain's 26-man squad for Euro 2024, making him the youngest player to participate in the tournament.

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