‘A unique player’ – Luis Enrique advises young Spaniard to become 2022 FIFA World Cup star

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Spain manager Luis Enrique has praised Barcelona midfielder Gavi after his FIFA World Cup debut, backing him to become one of the best players in the world.

Gavi was one of Spain’s best performers in the 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica on Wednesday night (November 23). The midfielder scored a superb volley in the 90th minute to take his side’s lead to 6-0 and become the youngest Spaniard to score at the FIFA World Cup. He had already become Spain’s youngest World Cup debutant (18 years, 3 months, 10 days) by the time he stepped onto the pitch against Costa Rica.

On the day he becomes the youngest Spanish player in World Cup history, 18-year-old Gavi scores a perfect volley 😍😍

On the day he becomes the youngest Spanish player in World Cup history, 18-year-old Gavi scores a perfect volley 😍

Speaking after his side’s resounding Group E win against Costa Rica, Enrique praised the team’s youngest player. Calling him a unique player, the former Barcelona manager backed him to become one of the best in the world. He said (via NDTV Sports):

“He is [Gavi] a unique player, a very different player because… he is 18 years old but he has the personality of an experienced player.

“We are happy to have him in the team and we think he is going to be one of the stars of world football. I hope he plays better every time and tries to be aggressive with and without a ball.

Enrique, however, doesn’t think Gavi’s game is perfect yet, adding that he “sometimes just needs a bit of balance and composure”.

Alongside Gavi, Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata each scored a goal in the 2022 FIFA World Cup opener in Spain, while Ferran Torres netted a brace.

Spain star Gavi is delighted to have been voted Man of the Match on his FIFA World Cup debut

Thanks to his excellent performance, 18-year-old Gavi was chosen as the MVP of the game against Costa Rica. Goal aside, Gavi completed 67 passes, created a chance, made five digs and played eight assists in the final third. His exchanges with Barcelona team-mate Gavi were a treat to watch.

Gavi means history. He is the third youngest scorer in the history of the World Cup with 18 years and 110 days after Pelé (!) and Manuel Rosas. ⭐️🇪🇸 #Qatar2022He is the youngest goalscorer in the history of Spain in the World Cup. Golden Boy and winner of the Kopa trophy this year. Born on August 5, 2004.

After winning the MVP award, a delighted Gavi said:

“I’m very happy to win it and thrilled to be MVP. We had a very good match, congratulations to all.

“Pedri and I are very good friends off the pitch and on the pitch there’s not much to say, he’s a spectacular player and it’s very easy to play alongside him.”

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