Could Ansu Fati Become The Next Big Thing Out Of Africa?

Oluwole Ola

Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati is the name on everyone’s lips after the 16-year-old continued to write history in La Liga this weekend, following a start to the season that no one saw coming.

The Bissau-born youngster has already broken records this season after stepping into an unexpectedly prominent role at Barca.

He became the club’s second youngest debutant when he took to the field against Real Betis at 16 years, 298 days, and then became Barcelona’s youngest ever scorer when he came off the bench to net against Osasuna ahead of the international break, six days later.

Only two players younger than Fati had ever found the net in the Spanish top flight, and the teenager has appeared undaunted by the challenges set in front of him.

This weekend, only one minute and 51 seconds into his Nou Camp debut, against Valencia, he scored again. It may only have been 20 days since he first inserted himself into the season’s narrative, but already, a star has been born.

Minutes after his opener, a drilled effort after being picked out by Frenkie de Jong, Fati took off past Ezequiel Garay, leaving the Argentine defender for dead, and then played the ball in to the Netherlands international to make it 2-0 to the hosts as they marched towards a 5-2 victory.

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