Youngest Barcelona scorers in the 21st century
|Ansu Fati||31 August 2019||Osasuna||16 years 304 days|
|Bojan||20 October 2007||Villarreal||17 years 53 days|
|Lionel Messi||1 May 2005||Albacete||17 years 312 days|
|Thiago Alcantara||20 February 2010||Racing Santander||18 years 315 days|
|Munir El Haddadi||24 August 2014||Elche||18 years 358 days|
Fati was born on 30 October 2002 in Guinea-Bissau and spent the first six years of his life in the African country before moving to Herrera.
Ansu Fati is a record-breaker. At just 16 years and 318 days, the lad born in Guinea-Bissau has already had the experts rifling through the record books. After becoming the youngest ever goalscorer in the league two weeks ago against Osasuna, he set more records during Barça’s 5-2 win over Valencia at Camp Nou.
Fati – who has also represented Herrera and Sevilla at youth level – followed that up with his first-ever senior goal in Barca’s next match, a 2-2 draw with Osasuna, making him the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer.
Who is Ansu Fati? Five key facts…
- Position: Winger
- DoB: 31/10/02
- Nationality: Spanish (born in Guinea-Bissau)
- Senior apps: 5 (2 goals)
- Career path: Herrera, Sevilla, Barcelona
His goal-laden performances for the youth team were also rewarded with a solitary call-up for the club’s reserve team, which competes in Spain’s third-tier Segunda B Division. So Ansu’s first taste of professional football, in March this year, came in a distinctly underwhelming manner: an unused substitute in Barca B’s 1-0 victory at the Ebro in front of a couple of hundred spectators.
At that stage, Fati was still a million miles away from first-team football at the Nou Camp. But then came a whirlwind summer.
New contract and first-team debut
The first real sign of just how highly Barca regarded Fati’s talents came in July, when much-hyped 16-year-old midfielder Xavi Simons stunned the club by accepting a big-money offer from Paris St-Germain.
The day after Simons’ departure, Barca responded by handing Fati a new three-year contract with an eye-watering release clause of 100m euros, sending out a clear message to predators: one of La Masia’s crown jewels had been stolen, but Simons would be the only one to slip away.
When was the Fati selected?
Fati wasn’t even considered for selection in Barca’s season opener against Athletic Bilbao, but when that game resulted in Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele suffering injuries, joining skipper Lionel Messi on the sidelines, manager Ernesto Valverde was suddenly left with a serious shortage of numbers in attack and called Fati into the squad for the home opener against Real Betis.
The 16-year-old was introduced as a substitute for the final 10 minutes. Fati instantly looked at home, creating some bright touches on the right-wing. Even better came the following weekend. With Barca pursuing 1-0 at half-time against Osasuna.
Messi’s roadmap to success might just be one that could steer Fati to greater heights than those who came before him.