Luis Enrique believes Gavi will become one of the “stars of football” after the teenager scored his first World Cup goal as Spain thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday.
Gavi scored the fifth goal in a one-sided clash, receiving a pass from Alvaro Morata and hitting the right post with 16 minutes left.
At the age of 18 years and 110 days, he became the youngest player to score in the World Cup for any country since Pelé (17 years 249 days) for Brazil in the 1958 final against Sweden.
At a press conference after winning Group E, La Roja head coach Luis Enrique was asked how good a Barcelona midfielder could be.
“I don’t know, I hope he gets better and better every time and tries to be aggressive with and without the ball,” he said.
“He is unique, very different, because he is now 18, but he has the personality of an experienced player.
“It’s a pleasure to play with a boy, because he is a boy. Sometimes he needs a little peace of mind, but we are very happy to have him on the team.
“I think he will become one of the stars of football.”
On Sunday, Spain will play their second game in Qatar against Germany, who unexpectedly lost 2-1 to Japan earlier on Wednesday.