At the age of 16 years and 298 days, Ansu Fati became the second youngest player in Barcelona’s history when he took to the field against Real Betis on Sunday night.
Ansu Fati who came in as a second half substitute in Barcelona 5-2 win over Real Betis becomes the second youngest Barcelona player to play for the club since 1941, shattering a 78-year record.
He’s a product of Barcelona academy, La Masia. The wonderkid is a bundle of talent and a joy to watch. He has speed, unbelievable close control, can hold the ball well and can shoot powerfully. He’s presently trending like a wild fire.
The Guinea-Bissau-born youngster looked right at home alongside Antoine Griezmann under the Camp Nou lights.
“I stayed on the pitch for a little bit [after the match] because I couldn’t believe it,” Fati admitted.
“It’s the happiest day of my life,” said Bori Fati, Ansu’s father, afterwards.
“When Ansu told me that [Ernesto] Valverde had called him up, it made me and my wife cry.
“When he went on to the pitch we said ‘it can’t be’, we were on cloud nine.”
Ansu Fati first arrived at La Masia as a 10-year-old as Barcelona fought off competition from Real Madrid for his signature.
“We were at Sevilla, and Real Madrid offered a contract with better financial conditions than Barcelona for my son,” Bori Fati said.
“But we chose Barcelona, because they came to my house with a contract and convinced me.
“Albert Puig came and told me that my son had to sign for Barcelona.
“He said they had a project and that in a few years I would see him in it.”
Ansu Fati has been electric since his arrival at Barcelona from Sevilla and has become one of the most promising players in the club’s academy.
He’s been a consistent starter in every age group he’s played in and has made an impact on the continental stage in the UEFA Youth League.
He scored four goals and contributed three assists in the nine games he played in the competition last season, including two strikes in the semi-final as Barcelona lost out to Chelsea on penalties.
“I looked at my parents, at my family, at those who came here with me,” Fati said.
“Now is the time to enjoy the moment and insist that I only have words of gratitude.”
Fati renewed his contract with Barcelona earlier this year, setting a new release clause of 100 million euros.
The impact of his Blaugrana debut has been seen on social media. Fati’s Instagram following went from 64,000 to 300,000 before and after the match.
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