Eight years later, Portugal has a new record holder for the youngest Portuguese player to score at least two goals in a UEFA Youth League match. Rodrigo Mora, one of the crown jewels of FC Porto’s formation, is the protagonist.
At 16 years and four months, the young winger scored two goals in Porto’s victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, for 1-4, at the start of the new edition of the test. According to our Playmaker Stats, Rodrigo Mora breaks a record that was held by Zé Gomes for the last eight years. In September 2015, the striker scored twice in Benfica beat Astana 8-0aged 16 years and five months at the time. Mora broke the record, therefore, by a month of difference.
Also 16 years old, but 11 months old, Romário Baldé joins this list. It was in November 2013, with an encore in Benfica victory against Anderlecht (6-3), that Baldé had become the youngest Portuguese player ever to score at least two goals in the same match in the competition. He was followed by Zé Gomes, two years later, and now it is Rodrigo Mora’s turn, eight years later.
Despite his young age, the young dragon already made his debut last season as a senior, in a Porto B team’s home draw against CD Tondela. Despite still being in the under-17 category, Rodrigo Mora has been working this season with the under-19s and with the blue and white B team. In five rounds of the Portugal SABSEG League, Mora was used in three and totals 32 minutes.
At 16 years and 4 months, Rodrigo Mora became the 🇵🇹 + young man to score 2 + goals in a UEFA Youhe League game:
16A 4M: Rodrigo Mora (2023)🔝
16A 5M: José Gomes (2015)
16A 11M: Romário Baldé (2013) pic.twitter.com/bpkvW7phhh
— Playmaker (@playmaker_PT) September 19, 2023
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