Age: 17 years, 4 months, 15 days
Game: Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid (2018-19)
Barrenetxea became the first player born in the 21st century to play in La Liga in 2018/19, during which he also scored his first goal for his hometown club Real Sociedad on Matchday 37 against no less than Real Madrid in a 3-1 win!
Age: 17 years, 4 months, 10 days
Game: Real Madrid vs Atlético (1994-95)
After impressing so much for Real Madrid’s reserve team at the start of 94-95, Jorge Valdano trusted Raúl enough to promote him to his squad. In just his second league appearance, he started in the Madrid derby and repaid his manager’s trust by scoring in a 4-2 win that helped Real Madrid on the way to a La Liga title!
Age: 17 years, 3 months, 23 days
Game: Malaga v Real Zaragoza (2010-11)
After making a few appearances in 09-10 and even scoring in the Copa del Rey, then-teenager Juanmi saw increased playing time with Malaga the following season and scored his first league goal on Matchday 2 against Real Zaragoza. He netted his second just 20 minutes later in a 5-3 win!
Age: 17 years, 3 months, 22 days
Game: Real Madrid v Celta Vigo (1994-95)
His short Real Madrid career could hardly have gotten off to a better start, scoring against RC Celta after coming on for his debut in a 2-0 win towards the end of Real Madrid’s title-winning 1994-95 season! He never quite made the grade at Real Madrid, but racked up almost 300 La Liga appearances representing Numancia, Levante, Real Betis, R. Sporting and Elche!
Age: 17 years, 1 month, 22 days
Game: Barcelona v Villarreal (2007-08)
The 2007-08 season was disappointing for Barcelona. Not for Bojan though, who cemented his reputation as one of Europe’s young rising stars. Their disappointing 3-1 defeat to Villarreal on Matchday 8 was unexpectedly memorable as he netted his first-ever goal in Spain’s top division, slotting in a defence-splitting pass from Lionel Messi!
Age: 17 years, 1 month, 6 days
Game: Valencia v Celta Vigo (1941-42)
For several decades, the league’s youngest scorer was Juan Mena who netted the seventh goal in a 7-3 Valencia victory over RC Celta back in December 1941 on his debut appearance for Los Che! They went on to claim the La Liga title the season, the first in the club’s history.
Age: 16 years, 11 months, 19 days
Game: Villarreal v Espanyol (2002-03)
Although he has spent most of his career in the lower divisions of Spanish football, Xisco Nadal touched the sky right at the beginning of his career. He’ll never forget the last-minute equaliser for Villarreal in a 2-2 draw at Espanyol at the end of the 2002-03 season!
Age: 16 years, 10 months
Game: Barcelona v Osasuna (2019-20)
Ansu Fati is the latest youngster to burst out of Barcelona’s La Masía academy. The striker became the second-youngest player to ever play a LaLiga game for the club on Matchday 2 vs Real Betis, and went one better in Matchday 3, becoming the third youngest goalscorer in La Liga history with his header v Osasuna in a 2-2 draw!
Age: 16 years, 9 months, 15 days
Game: Athletic Bilbao v Real Valladolid (2009-10)
Iker Muniain had already scored twice for Athletic Club by the time he netted his first league goal, against Young Boys and Austria Wien in European competition at the start of the 2009-10 season. But it wasn’t until Matchday 6 that he netted in a 2-2 draw against Real Valladolid to become the youngest ever scorer in Spain’s top flight before overtaken by Olinga a few years later!
Age: 16 years, 3 months, 6 days
Game: Malaga v Celta Vigo (2012-13)
The then-16-year-old Cameroonian made history on the opening day of the 2012-13 season, scoring the only goal of the game in his debut for the club against RC Celta. After coming through the Samuel Eto’o Foundation in his home country, the forward made his way to Málaga via Mallorca and played for them a handful of times in 2012-13 and 2013-14. He currently plays for Mouscron in Belgium!