5 lesser-known La Liga records from the 21st century

  • We take a look into La Liga records that have been broken after the year 2000, with some surprising and unfamiliar names appearing.
Karan Tejwani
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Modified 18 Dec 2017, 19:43 IST

Real Zaragoza v Malaga CF - La Liga
Fabrice Olinga (c) in action for Malaga CF - La Liga

We looked into La Liga recent history and found few names that you probably don't know about. Some of the best players in world have played in La Liga but there were some lesser-known names that made the history books.

Whether you like it or not, records are an important aspect of the football that helps judge a player’s true abilities. Speaking of records, it is incredible how analysts all over the world maintain a record of almost everything that players do on the field.

Let's take a trip down memory lane with the five records from the past seasons that will certainly surprise you.

#5 Youngest goalscorer

Fabrice Olinga (born on May 12, 1996) made history on 18 August 2012 when he became the youngest ever player to score in La Liga, grabbing the only goal as Malaga clinched a 1-0 victory at Celta Vigo.

At only 16 years and 98 days old, the Cameroon-born forward came on as a 58th-minute substitute to make his league debut and got the 84th-minute winner as the new season got underway.

On 20 January 2014, he cut ties with Málaga - after rejecting the offer for a revised and improved contract counselled by his agent Pini Zahavi - and joined Apollon Limassol from the Cypriot First Division.

He was selected by coach Volker Finke for his 2014 FIFA World Cup squad at the tender age of 18, being the competition's youngest player. However, he remained an unused substitute throughout as their tournament ended in a group stage exit.

Olinga, 21, currently plays for Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium's top division, known as the Jupiler Pro League.

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Published 18 Dec 2017, 19:43 IST
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