Ansu Fati has been the shining light in an otherwise disappointing start to the season for Barcelona.
The Guinea-Bissau-born attacking winger doesn’t turn 17 until next month but has made a remarkable impact during the opening weeks of the current campaign.
Ansu made his Barcelona debut aged 16 years and 298 days in the 5-2 win over Real Betis on the opening weekend of the season. He then scored his first goal for the club less than a week later in a 2-2 draw away at Osasuna.
In the process, the teenager became the youngest player in Barça’s history to score a La Liga goal.
Only Fabrice Olinga (16 years and 98 days) and Iker Muniain (16 years and 298 days) were younger when they netted their first goals in Spain’s top division.
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Ansu then scored inside the opening two minutes in his next appearance against Valencia and then started in the 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
He was unable to prevent Barça slumping to a 2-0 defeat away at Granada on Saturday but enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a brilliant cameo performance during Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Villarreal.
The under-fire Ernesto Valverde sent Ansu on in place of Luis Suarez with 12 minutes of normal time remaining and he took his chance with both hands.
Ansu was the most lively player on the pitch, taking on opponents at every opportunity and going close to netting his third goal of the campaign.
You can watch his impressive highlights here… (click play on the black video window).
Ansu has been hailed by the media and fans alike for his excellent display from the bench.
“He arrived in the 78th minute against Villarreal for Luis Suarez, who had disappointed and was whistled on his departure, and he showed more in 15 minutes on the pitch than Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi had, combined, all night,” Madrid-based newspaper Marca wrote after the match.
Lluis Mascaro of Catalan publication Sport wrote: “In the second half, they huffed and puffed with little success until the magical eruption of Ansu Fati 10 minutes from time.
The kid did more in three plays than Luis Suarez did in the whole game.
"A 16-year-old teenager overshadowed a Suarez who is a long, long way from his best. Ansu deserved a goal. Once again, he was the game's bright spark. And that doesn't say much about Barça's current situation.”
And over on social media, football fans were shocked by just how good the youngster looks…
The teenage sensation has the world at his feet.
We could well be looking at a future superstar.News Now - Sport News