Ansu Fati, the 17-year-old who was formally made a senior player at Barcelona last week, has shown why the club included a whopping $468 million release fee clause in his new contract by sending their Liga season off to a flyer.
The Spain sensation has made incredible progress since making his debut for the club last season, becoming the club’s youngest ever goal scorer just a week later and, in the months that followed, the youngest player ever to represent Barca in the Champions League and the European competition’s youngest ever goal scorer.
While all eyes were on Lionel Messi following the turmoil that almost saw the striker leave the club last season, his precocious pretender stole the headlines by taking just 15 minutes to open Barcelona’s account for the season in spectacular style as they entertained Villarreal.
A perceptive pass by Clement Lenglet began the lightning break from the home side at the Camp Nou, finding wideman Jordi Alba, who charged inside the penalty area on the left and cut a low pass back into Fati’s path. (RT)