16-Year Old Angelo Gabriel Breaks Juan Carlos Cardenas’ 59 Year Old record: Becomes Youngest Goalscorer In Copa Libertadores History
Angelo Gabriel became the youngest goalscorer in Copa Libertadores history on Tuesday April 6, as he scored his side’s last goal in a 3-1 triumph against San Lorenzo in Brazil.
The 16 year-old Santos forward, broke Juan Carlos Cardenas’ record that had been set for 59 years with his stoppage-time goal after a save was parried into his way.
The Brazilian youthful star, who came on as a substitute late in the second half of the game, became Santos’ second-most youthful player a year ago when he made his first team debut at 15 years and 10 months.
His goal against San Lorenzo helped the Brazilian side to an early lead in the third round of meeting all requirements for the Copa Libertardores group stages, South America’s premier competition in club football.
Lucas Braga opened the scoring for Santos before Marinho’s penalty on the stroke of halftime increased the guest’s lead. San Lorenzo got one back through Angel Romero before Angelo settled the game with his notable strike.
Angelo is the furthest down the line youthful star to represent Santos, a club that has seen likes of PSG’s Neymar and Real Madrid’s Rodrygo progress through its positions prior to moving to Europe.