These players were crowd favourite at their respective clubs in the Italian top-flight.
The Serie A is among the top football leagues in the world and has produced some of the best players the sport has ever seen. The top-tier football division in Italy is synonymous with defensive solidity and has been home to some of the greatest defenders of the game. That alone though is not the standout point of the Serie A. Over the years, the league has seen some world-class attacking talent showcase their skills. Many have started young here, flourished and had the world at their feet. Some of these legends also created history as one of the youngest goalscorers in Serie A history.
The Italian top division has traditionally been defence-oriented as the clubs are set up in a way that makes them difficult to break down. However, despite the nature of the competition, several young attackers have managed to break through and make an immediate impression. Considering all of it, let’s take a look at the youngest goalscorers in the history of the Serie A.
10. Andrea Papetti (Brescia)
Papetti is very young in his professional career and currently plays in the second division of Italian football. The Italian came through Brescia’s youth academy and made his debut for the team in Serie A in March 2020. A couple of months later, the center-back netted his first goal in the Italian top-tier. He scored the opener in a 2-0 victory over Hellas Verona just three days after his 18th birthday.
9. Fernando Forestieri (Siena)
Fernando Forestieri started his career in Argentina with Boca Juniors. However, he moved to Italy in 2006, playing for Genoa in Serie B. The striker’s first experience in Serie A came with Siena in the 2007-08 season. He scored his maiden goal in the league on January 13, 2008, at the age of 17 years and 362 days. Forestieri came on as a substitute and scored his team’s second in a 3-2 loss to Inter Milan.
8. Mario Balotelli (Inter Milan)
Mario Balotelli has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world. The striker made his debut in Serie A in December 2007 as a 17-year-old. The youngster displayed his quality immediately by scoring in cup competitions, but had to wait for his first league goal till April 2008. Balotelli netted for the Nerazzurri in a comfortable win over Atalanta to put his name in the records as one of the youngest goalscorers in Serie A history.
7. Daniele Ragatzu (Cagliari)
Ragatzu had a brilliant start to his professional career as his first goal in Serie A came soon after his debut. Coming through the youth ranks of Cagliari, Ragatzu made his Serie A debut for them in March 2009. His first goal in the top-tier came in April at the age of 17 years and 203 days. He scored in a 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina.
6. Sebastiano Esposito (Inter Milan)
Esposito scored his first goal in Serie A at the age of 17 years and 172 days when he netted from the penalty spot in a 4-0 win over Genoa in December 2019. The Italian striker holds the record of being the youngest player to feature in a European competition match for Inter.
5. Amad Diallo (Atalanta)
The Ivory Coast star has enjoyed tremendous success in his short career. After a handful of appearances for Atalanta, the youngster secured a big-money move to Premier League giants Manchester United. Following impressive performances with the youth teams, Diallo’s Serie A debut came against Udinese and made an immediate impact. Four minutes after coming on, he got himself on the scoresheet, netting his first and only goal in the league in a 7-1 home win. In the process, he became the first player born in 2002 to score in the league. Amad Diallo was 17 years and 108 days old at the time of the strike, making him one of the youngest goalscorers in Serie A.
4. Moise Kean (Juventus)
Kean holds the record of being the youngest debutant and goalscorer for Juventus in their Serie A history. The striker’s first goal in the Italian top-flight came on May 27, 2017 at the age of 17 years and 89 days. He scored the winner in Bianconeri’s 2-1 win over Bologna. With his strike, Kean also became the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in Europe’s top five leagues.
3. Richmond Boakye (Genoa)
Richmond began his footballing career in Ghana before earning himself a move to Genoa, for whom he made his Serie A debut. The Ghanian had a sensational start to his journey in Italy, scoring on his debut after coming off the bench. Boakye’s first goal in the Italian top-flight came at the age of 17 years and 65 days as he netted the opener in a 1-1 draw against AS Livorno.
2. Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina)
Moving to Italy from Senegal at the age of 14, Khouma Babacar made his professional debut in the Serie A for Florentina when he was 16. A few months later, he netted his first goal in the league at the age of 17 years and 03 days. Babacar scored his side’s third in a 3-0 win over Genoa in March 2010.
1. Pietro Pellegri (Genoa)
Pellegrini holds the record for being the youngest goalscorer in Serie A history. He made his league debut at just 15 years of age against Torino in December 2016, becoming the youngest ever debutant in the history of the league at the time. On May 28, he scored his first goal in the competition, scoring the opener in a 3-2 loss to AS Roma. With it, he became the first player born in the 21st century to score in the league at the age of 16 years and 72 days.