Ansu Fati became the second youngest player to compete for Barcelona in La Liga after debuting Sunday with a 5-2 win over Real Betis .
With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Usman Dembele all missing from the injury, Ansu – aged 16 years and 298 days – was called to the squad of 18 people, along with Wing B squad Carles Perez.
Ernesto Valverde appointed him as alternate, with Perez launching an attack alongside Antoine Griezman and Rafinia before bringing him down in the second half when Barca was 5-1
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The Spanish champions continue to win the game, with Grizeman scoring twice. Perez, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal were also on target.
"Ansu has many qualities, is fast and uses space well," Valverde said at a post-game press conference.
"I know he's really young. He's the youngest player I've ever debuted. But if we don't look at how old the other players are in the lineup, we're not going to look at his age either. He can also add
After the game Ansu, who shot a narrow width during on my cameo, I stayed on the field longer than my teammates while taking everything.
"I was looking for my parents and my family [in the stands] ll those people who have accompanied me thus far in my career, "he explained to reporters.
" I stayed there on the field, because I could not believe it. I wanted to enjoy this moment. The truth is that before, I was really nervous, but I only have words of gratitude for everyone: the club, the manager, the supporters who provided me with a great welcome. "
Ansu – who played for the U19s last season – is younger than players like Messi and Bojan Krukic when they made their debuts for best flights to the club, but he is not the youngest player to ever become in the Catalan league.
Vicenc Martinez was 16 years old and 278 days old when he made his first La Liga appearance for Barca in the 1941-42 season – just 20 days younger than Anse.
After lengthy negotiations, Barcelona finally tied Ancu to a new deal earlier this summer. The striker has signed new terms to keep him in the club until 2022 with an option to extend the contract by an additional two years. The buyout clause of EUR 100 million was included in the contract.
The talks took longer than the club initially anticipated, though, after an email went into the wrong hands when negotiating a new deal for another of the club's young stars, Eli Moriba.
An email detailing Eli's new deal was sent to an employee at Hispanio instead of his agent. A source in Espanyol told ESPN FC the club was "lost" on the money offered.
This, in turn, saw that Ansu's representatives insist on a better deal with Barca, especially given the interest in the youngster from some of Europe's largest
Barcelona has always planned to give Ansu a new deal and raise of salaries. Along with Ilex, he is one of the highest rated players currently in the academy.
The club has recently acknowledged the need to improve the conditions offered to their best young players by seeing that many have decided to leave for clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Monaco.
Ansu was born in Guinea-Bissau but moved to Catalonia at a young age and has been in the club since he was 10 years old. He has progressed through the academy and is expected to spend this season with the B team in the Spanish Third Division.