Ansu Fati: the record wonderkid

“Barcelona” has a new sensation and it is called Ansumane Fati. His star rose in the victory of the Catalans over “Real” (Betis) with 5: 2 from the second round of La Liga. He became the second-youngest player (16 years and 298 days) to appear on the pitch for Barcelona, ​​the youngest goalscorer in the club’s history, and the third youngest to score in La Liga.

After this match, the youngster found a place in the front pages of newspapers. “What Ansu is doing is something we need to take seriously,” Marca wrote. “El Mundo” comes out with the title: “A star is born”, and “El Mundo Deportivo” writes: “A child has become one of the great hopes of” Barcelona “,” El Pais “wrote:” The devil is called Ansu Fati ” .

And his father said: “I can now die in peace. I saw my son play for Barça. Messi, who is twice as old, hugged Ansu after the match and shared a photo on social media.

Spanish team coach Ernesto Valverde said: “This is not normal. It is not normal for his first touch to be a goal, it is not normal for the second to be an assist, and the third to go almost to the top corner. This will become something even more. great “.

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said: “He is very young. We know what he is capable of, what he does and the fans compare him to great players. We must support him because hard times will come – he must know where he is. He has the qualities, he is a great player and he works a lot. I hope this will be the beginning of a long story for him. “

Argentine star Jorge Valdano wrote: “Children like Ansu Fati give hope.” Ansu was born in Guinea-Bissau in October 2002, and when he was 6 years old he moved to Spain, where his father Bori, who was also a footballer, said: “He came here at the age of 6. I didn’t know he played football. Everyone told me I had no idea how good my son was, and he asked me every day if I would take him to play football. Finally, I got tired and took him to the field – I left him and told him “When you get tired – go home “, his father told Spanish radio.

Although the latest gemstone from the Barcelona academy, Fati grew up in the city of Herrera, 120 km from Seville, where he began playing football.

I was supposed to go to work, but that night when I was coming home, there were people through my front door and they asked me, “Fati, do you know what you have here?” And I said I had no idea. “And they told me,” Bring Ansu to the football field tomorrow and you’ll see how he plays. “When I went, I saw him moving on the field, he was just against everyone else.”

It wasn’t long before Pablo Blanco, the director of Sevilla’s youth school, found himself at the door of Ansu’s family with a request to take him and his older brother, Braima. Ansu signed with local club Herrera in December 2009 and then became a Sevilla player.

It didn’t take long before he was spotted by greats like Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Real Madrid offered better terms than Barça, but Albert Pug, the coach at La Masia, came home. I told him we would think about it and talk about a contract, and he told me “No, we have the contract here and now.” When “Sevilla” found out, I met with their sports director, he asked me how much money they offered from “Barcelona” to give me a better offer, but it was too late. “

Ansu joined Barcelona at the age of 10 in 2012. He quickly became a sensation among young people, and in one of the seasons with Cuba – Take, who joins Real (Madrid), and is currently is for rent in “Mallorca”, form the so-called. “deadly partnership”. In one year, Fati scored 56 goals and Take 73.

Ansu recently signed a contract until 2022 with a € 100 million release clause. The 16-year-old was called by Ernesto Valverde after injuries to Messi, Suarez, and Dembele. On Friday, Ansu also received a Spanish passport, and Spain wants to take him to the Under-17 World Cup, which will take place in Brazil on October 26 and run until November 17. The problem is that “El Clásico” is on October 27, and Valverde will want to rely on his young star.

El Clásico is a dream come true for him. Spain may decide it makes no sense to take him to the World Cup under 17, “said his father. Last Tuesday, he played in a match against Borussia (Dortmund) and became the youngest debutant of” Barcelona “in the Champions League, surpassing Bojan Kirkic, who was 17 years and 53 days old, and Lionel Messi – 17 years and 331 days old.