There’s magic in the air. At first sight, the Spain-Ukraine Nations League clash might seem nothing special. But one man, or better said, one kid decided otherwise. His name? Ansu Fati.
2′. Ansu Fati is up against Ukrainian defender Serhiy Kryvtsov. The encounter was short. A quick succession of a run and a nutmeg was enough for the 17 year old to ignore Serhiy, as if he weren’t present. The space is left wide open. Only a foul in the box stops Ansu Fati from scoring, though Sergio Ramos converts from the spot. 2 minutes!
Ansu Fati isn’t unknown in Spain, or more precisely in Catalonia. It’s already a year past since his debut with the first team. What is new, though, is his performance in the international since. Ansu Fati burnt steps in Barcelona, Spain was just exactly the same. The nationalization, the call-up, the performance. It all seems as it began yesterday.
The match already sealed at the 29′, when Ramos doubled the lead, but what was coming was far better. It’s the 32′ when Ansu Fati breaks the record as he scores his first international goal. At 17 years and 311 days, Ansu Fati has officially become the youngest goalscorer in Spain’s history! Ansu glides, excited, anticipates.
He’s ahead of his opponent and even his own teammates. It’s not only his speed that dazzles the spectator, but his positional understanding: When the opposition storms at him ince he receives the balls, Fati has already spotted the space left open by the defender’s sloppiness and knows he’ll land it there. His tactical discipline, his courage to dribble, his unpredictability form the whole package known as Anssumane Fati.
Barcelona fans excited with Ansu
Barcelona may be in dark shadows, but a shining light continues to rise day by day. In the need of a winger, Ansu Fati continues to show the world his potential. Millions have been spent on Dembele, Coutinho, yet the answer was at home. It’s amidst the Depay rumours that Fati hit the football world once again, where fans are left mouth open by the spectacle. It’s come to the point Barcelona fans wonder why the 17 year old didn’t start against Bayern or Napoli ahead of Vidal.
Barcelona has a gem, and so has Spain. His release clause has just been raised to a stunning 400M. What Barcelona know for sure: Ansu is Blaugrana and the next big thing. Messi will leave knowing a leader will arise in the coming years in the forward trenches: Barcelona finally has the perfect winger, and he didn’t cost a single penny.