Ansu Fati just became the youngest player to both score and assist in the same La Liga game

Ansu Fati left his native Guinea-Bissau when he was just six years old because his brother had joined Sevilla’s academy.

Two years later he’d joined them himself and impressed enough that he signed for Barcelona when he was 10 years old.

Now he’s in their first-team squad – and Fati is still only 16.

And Fati isn’t only playing for Barcelona at 16 but he’s also impressing for a side in need of something going forward.

Lionel Messi is out, Neymar didn’t arrive – someone needs to step up and, remarkably, it’s the teenager.

He debuted as a substitute against Real Betis and got a similar appearance in the following game away at Osasuna.

Fati scored, too, becoming Barcelona’s youngest-ever goalscorer as a result.

Ernesto Valverde was clearly impressed and handed Fati his first senior start at home to Valencia – and he was instantly rewarded for his faith.

Fati grabbed the opener inside two minutes, sweeping home a pass from Frenkie de Jong.

You can check that out here:

And then just five minutes later he created a goal for the Dutchman, taking on a defender in the box and centering it for De Jong to finish.

And you can see his assist below:

Both goals were brilliant – absolutely sensational from a 16-year-old, really – and it makes Fati the youngest player in the 21st century to score and assist in the same game.

It only took him seven minutes, too.

You’d imagine that Fati will see his game time reduced once Messi and Luis Suarez return to the fold but right now he looks like a player who has to play.

Barcelona appear to have found yet another gem through their famed academy and who knows how far he can go?

Because going on what we’ve seen so far, Fati can go as far as he wants.

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