‘What have you done!?’ 18yo World Cup ‘generational talent’ causes social media meltdown

Colombia’s teenage star Linda Caicedo stunned the 40,000-strong crowd in the house at Sydney Football Stadium with an unbelievable World Cup strike that sparked a major upset win over Germany – and a social media storm.

Linda Caicedo: remember the name.

The 18-year-old Colombian is signed to Real Madrid – and on the evidence of the first two games of the World Cup group stage, it’s clear to see why.

Caicedo is a world-beater in the making. Her natural talent is paired with an incredible personal journey, beginning with a professional debut at 14, a cancer diagnosis at 15, Copa America Player of the Tournament at 17 and goals at the U17, U20 and Women’s World Cups all in the space of the past calendar year.

On Sunday night, her strike against Germany shook the foundations of Sydney Football Stadium, with the 40,499 fans in the house completely entranced.

Germany equalised after Caicedo’s opener through Alexandra Popp before a 97th-minute winner from Manuela Vanegas that consigned the European giants to their first group stage defeat at a Women’s World Cup since 1995.

Social media exploded as Caicedo truly introduced herself to the world:


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