“Some of them have rejected Real Madrid’s offer…”
1NEWS – Following the departure of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) last month, there has been a lot of speculation about his number 10 jersey, and one of the most popular is of course the idea of retiring the number, especially if not under the pretext of respecting all that the winner has given him. The six-time Ballon d’Or goes to the club.
However, in the end, it was not a decision the Blaugrana chose. Instead, they have decided to continue the legacy of the jersey, which was also worn by Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho.
The number 10 jersey finally officially belongs to the 18 year old wonderkid, who is also a product of the La Masia academy, yes, is Ansu Fati.
So we thought it was important to talk more about Ansu Fati. And here are 10 things you might not know about the new owner of the Barcelona number 10 jersey:
10. Born in Guinea-Bissau
Although Fati is now based in one of the most famous cities in Europe, Fati was actually born thousands of miles away from Barcelona – in the tiny African country of Guinea-Bissau on October 31, 2002.
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However, he moved to Spain with his family at the age of six, then settled in the town of Herrera in Seville. Although his father and brother both played football in the country of his birth, it was in Herrera that Fati’s love for football began to develop.
9. Had time to play without shoes
It didn’t take long for the locals in Herrera to realize that Fati was a special, but unique talent, in his first game for Herrera Fati played barefoot.
“It was spectacular, we were amazed, we didn’t know where it came from, but it was clear that he knew how to play: nobody took the ball from him,” recalled club coordinator Joaquin Sanchez of young Fati.
8. Never Rejected Real Madrid
Fati’s prodigious abilities soon became the talk of the local football community – and it wasn’t long before La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were fighting for his signature.
According to his father, Los Blancos wanted to sign Fati but the youngster himself only had the desire to join Barcelona as part of the famous La Masia academy.
Fati was a member of Sevilla’s academy at the time – and had to miss a full year until he was legally able to sign for Barca.
7. Serious Injury In 2015
Fati’s prowess makes him a target for defenders, and all the defenders think about is fouling at every opportunity.
In a match against Espanyol’s youth team in December 2015, Fati fractured the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Even though at that time, he had just signed a contract with Barca, but would be out for 10 months.
6. Barcelona Permit To Debut Fati
When it came time for 16-year-old Fati to make his full debut for Barcelona against Real Betis in August 2019, La Liga regulations meant that the club had to ask permission from his parents to be able to play Fati, as it was an evening game.
Of course, Fati’s parents were happy to give permission and were proud to watch their son help Barca to a 5-2 win.
5. Youngest Player to Score and Assist in One Game
Shortly after Fati made his Barcelona debut, other records began to follow.
Fati became the youngest player in La Liga history to score and assist in a single game. And he did it against Valencia in just seven minutes.
4. Youngest goalscorer in the Champions League
Not content with breaking La Liga records, Fati also made a slice of European history in the months after being called up to Barca’s first team.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 10, 2019
He scored the winner for Barca during their visit to Inter in December 2019 aged 17 years and 40 days, making him the youngest player to ever score in the competition.
3. The youngest goalscorer in the Spanish national team
Fati broke the 95-year-old record when he scored for Spain against Ukraine in the Nations League, just before his 18th birthday.
17-year-old Barcelona forward Ansu Fati broke a 95-year national record to become Spain’s youngest goalscorer.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 7, 2020
2. Idolize Jesus Navas
After spending years in Barcelona’s academy, you might think that Fati’s idols are Messi, Xavi or Ronaldinho. However, the player he admired more than anyone turned out to be Jesus Navas – the icon of his hometown club Sevilla.
De 2011 a 2020: Jesús Navas (34 aos) siempre fue el ídolo de Ansu Fati (17)… Tal era su fijación que Jugaba con las mismas botas (imitación) que el capitán sevillista. Temporada 2011-12. pic.twitter.com/s6zxPCMzf9
— Roberto Arrocha (@RarrochaR) September 6, 2020
Fati even wore purple shoes in the early stages of his career as a tribute to Navas.
1. Youngest goalscorer in El Clasico history
In October 2020, Ansu Fati did what the Catalan club will always remember. He scored against Real Madrid and that meant Fati became the youngest ever goalscorer in an El Classico match – another record he achieved at the age of under 18.
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