When he made his Barcelona debut at the age of 16 years, 9 months and 25 days last month, Ansu Fati impressed even Lionel Messi. But who exactly is the kid and what does the future has in store for La Masia's latest graduate?
Within 5 minutes of opening his account with a fine strike from 12-yards against Valencia last Saturday, Ansu Fati had provided assist to Frankie De Jong to help double Barcelona's lead. In doing so, he became the youngest player in La Liga history to score a goal and provide an assist in the same match.
Such is the hype surrounding the 16-year-old that it's difficult to overstate how good he is. Lionel Messi goes lyrical about him. Ernesto Valverde calls him "daring". The entire Camp Nou chants his name. Press, whether foreign or local, predicts how great a future lies ahead of him.
Surrounded in such hype, Ansu Fati did what his manager had ordained him to do against Valencia. He scored the opener. Minutes later, he assisted one of his teammates. Fati could have scored 1, probably 2 more goals had the luck not evaded his shots.
Yet, nobody in the stadium cared. Even the Barcelona crowd, one which recognizes a great player when it sees one, rewarded the 16-year-old with a standing ovation as he was subbed off for Luis Suarez on the 60th minute mark. A star was born, and no one inside the stadium thought otherwise.