Barcelona’s Ansu Fati enjoys fairytale return to action vs Levante

  • Rob Swan

There were emotional scenes at Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon as Ansu Fati scored on his first Barcelona appearance for 10 months.

The 18-year-old had been sidelined for almost a year with a succession of knee problems after suffering an injury against Real Betis in November 2020.

He subsequently missed the remainder of Barça’s 2020-21 season, as well as Spain’s Euro 2020 campaign.

Handed Barcelona’s No. 10 shirt after Lionel Messi’s abrupt departure in the summer, Ansu returned to the fold against Levante on Sunday and entered the fray in the 81st minute.

The Catalan club were already 2-0 up by this point thanks to early goals from Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong.

But the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Ansu’s return.


Ansu Fati scores on Barcelona return

And after 323 days out injured, the gifted teenager marked his return with an excellent strike from outside the box.

Ansu was hoisted into the air by his delighted teammates as the home crowd went crazy.

The feel-good factor may have returned to Barcelona thanks to their new No. 10.

Ansu then went into the stands to celebrate with the medical staff who helped him during his recovery.


Although he was only on the pitch for around 15 minutes, he was also named Man of the Match.


Now that’s what you call a fairytale return to action.


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