World Cup Records – Goals
After not scoring in his first six games of the tournament, Turkey’s Hakan Sükür scored the fastest ever goal in world cup history. Officially timed at just 11 seconds, it occurred in Turkey’s third place playoff win against South Korea in the 2002 tournament in Japan/South Korea.
After it was appearing that the match was going to penalties, David Platt scored the latest goal in World Cup history (not including golden goals). He scored after 119 minutes in England’s, second round match against Belgium in Italia 1990.
The Youngest player to have scored a goal in the World Cup is Pelé of Brazil. He was only 17 years and 239 days old when he scored against Wales in 1958.
The oldest player to score a goal in the World Cup Finals is Roger Milla of Cameroon. When he scored against Russia in the 1994 tournament in USA, he was 42 years old and 39 days.
The only player to score in every match of the tournament, including the final was Jairzinho of Brazil. During Brazil’s third World Cup win in 1970, Jairzinho scored in all six games his country played in.
The first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match was United State’s Bert Patenaude, who scored three against Paraguay in the first round of the 1930 World Cup.
The fastest hat-trick in World Cup history was scored by Laszlo Kiss of Hungary against El Salvador in 1982. It took him only seven minutes to score all three goals, which were timed at 70, 74 and 77 minutes. This occasion is also the only time that a substitute has scored a hat-trick in World Cup Finals history.
The only player ever to score a hat trick in the World Cup final is Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored three in Englands 4-2 victory against West Germany (aet) in 1966 at Wembley.
The only players to have scored in two World Cup finals are Vava of Brazil in 1958 and 1962, Pelé of Brazil in 1958 and 1970 and Paul Breitner of West Germany in 1974 and 1982.
Ernst Willimowski is the only player to score four goals in a World Cup match and still end up on the losing team, when Poland were defeated by Brazil 6-5 in 1938.
Gabrielle Batistuta is the only player to score a hat-trick in two consecutive World Cup tournaments after netting one in each of the tournaments in USA 1994 and France 1998
The only player to have scored for two countries in the World Cup is Robert Prosinecki, who represented Yugoslavia in 1990, scoring against the United Arab Emirates, and Croatia in 1998 scoring against Jamaica.
Ernst Lötscher of Switzerland scored the first own-goal in World Cup history when he netted for Germany in a first round replay game in 1938.
The only player to have scored a goal and an own-goal in a World Cup match is Ernie Brandts of Holland. He put the ball past both goalkeepers in a second phase match against Italy in 1978. Despite this Holland still won the game 2-1.
The first substitute to score a goal in a World Cup Finals match was Juan Basaguren when he netted the final goal against El Salvador in Mexico’s 4-0 win in 1970.
The fastest goal by a substitute was scored by Ebbe Sand of Denmark against Nigeria in the second round of France 1998. Sand scored only 16 seconds after coming on in Denmark’s 4-1 win.