Ansu Fati enhanced his burgeoning reputation on Saturday by coming off the bench to score for Barcelona in their La Liga clash away at Osasuna.
The Guinea-Bissau born forward, who became the youngest player to play for Barça since 1941 after coming off the bench against Real Betis last weekend, entered the fray for Nelson Semedo at half-time.
And the 16-year-old scored his first senior goal for the Catalan club just five minutes later.
Ansu rose highest to plant a perfect header into the bottom corner of the net.
Carles Perez provided the cross but Ansu still did so well to beat Osasuna goalkeeper Ruben.
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Watch Ansu’s first goal here… (click play on the black video window).
What a header.
And look at his reaction. Even he couldn't believe he'd just scored.
At just 16 years and 304 days, the starlet became the third-youngest player to score in La Liga history after Fabrice Olinga (16 years and 98 days) and Iker Muniain (16 years and 298 days).
Furthermore, he became the first-ever 16-year-old in Barça’s history to score a La Liga goal for the club.
This means he’s the Catalan giants’ youngest ever goalscorer - younger than Lionel Messi and Bojan Krkic, who previously held the record after scoring against Osasuna at the age of 17.
Ansu’s equaliser appeared to change the entire complexion of the match.
Barça, who were without Lionel Messi again, went 1-0 down in the seventh minute when Roberto Torres broke the deadlock.
But Ansu’s leveller was followed by a goal from another substitute: midfielder Arthur, who came on for Rafinha.
Osasuna, however, levelled the scores once again when the visitors conceded a penalty, allowing Torres to make it 2-2 from the spot.
And Barça were unable to find score the late goal that would have sealed them all three points.
This was a disappointing result for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who lost their opening La Liga match against Athletic Bilbao.
It’s no secret that they’re not the same team without Messi, who will return to action after the international break, but four points from their opening three games is an underwhelming return even under the circumstances.
But in Ansu, it seems Barça have unearthed yet another gem.News Now - Sport News