Ansu Fati… if you’ve never heard of Barcelona’s new superstar, you can be forgiven: until a couple of weeks ago, neither had the vast majority of the Spanish club’s fans.
Ansu Fati was selected ahead of Luis Suarez for Barcelona on Saturday and in two hours of senior football has scored twice and added an assist. Is he destined for greatness?
Even more impressively, he needed only seven minutes to do so in his team’s 5-2 demolition of Valencia. Just 110 seconds had elapsed when he opened the scoring by meeting Frenkie de Jong’s low cross with a confident right-footed strike from 12 yards; five minutes later, he returned the favor by weaving his way into the box and picking out a precise pass for De Jong to convert.
The 16-year-old is also eligible to play for Guinea-Bissau, where he was born and reportedly for Portugal through his grandparents.
Fati’s demand for Spanish citizenship was processed by the country’s Interior Ministry after he completed the required 10 years of residency.
It suggests that he could be included in Spain’s squad for the Under-17 World Cup, ahead of next week’s deadline.
Even if he performs for Spain at under-17 level Fifa’s enactments mean that Fati could still swap loyalties at the senior level. On Tuesday he became Barcelona’s youngest-ever Champions League debutant as he after started the 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund.
He has already scored two goals this season in his three La Liga appearances.
Fati then proceeded to inspire the 80,000-plus Nou Camp crowd with a series of experienced thrusts down the left-wing, becoming nearby to more goals on several moments and making it obvious that this huge teen is poised for importance.