Just a year after obtaining Spanish citizenship, young winger Ansu Fati began his record-breaking journey, and Sunday he became the youngest scorer in the history of the Spanish national football team, after his brilliance against Ukraine (4-0) in the European Nations League.
Born in Guinea-Bissau, Fati acquired Spanish citizenship in September 2019 and then played three matches for Spain’s U-23 national team. He was called up to the first team on 20 August and participated as a substitute in the match against Germany last week in this tournament.
Ansu Fati imposed himself as an undisputed star for the match, especially in the first half. He caused a penalty and added a wonderful goal from a curled far-fetched, creating a permanent danger to Ukraine’s goal thanks to Madrid’s wonderful dribbles.
After the match, Fati said, “After I showered and changed my clothes, I called my family – they are the ones who helped me get to this day and always help me get through the obstacles.”
“I will ask the young men to sign this shirt, and I will place it in a special place on the wall of my house,” he said.
Ansu Fati also became the youngest player to start in a European Championship match at the age of 17 years and 311 days, breaking the previous record set by Welsh defender Ethan Ampadu.
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More importantly, Fati became the youngest goalscorer in the Spanish national team’s history, smashing Inaki Eraskin’s record, who scored three goals against Switzerland at the age of 18 years and 344 days on June 1, 1925.
The journey of records, the talented player began with his club Barcelona on August 31, 2019, when he became the youngest scorer in the Catalan club’s history in the Spanish League at the age of 16 years, 10 months, and 4 days. Then on 10 December, he became the youngest player in the Champions League’s history against Inter, Italy.
Coach Luis Enrique praised him after his first call-up on 20 August.
“He has everything to be a very important player in this national team,” he added.
Ansu Fati, at the age of seven, arrived in Spain from Guinea-Bissau to join his father, and last season he scored 8 goals for Barcelona in 33 games.
He obtained his Spanish passport in September 2019, to start his career with the youth national team on October 15, before being called up to the national team a year later.
About his first summon to the “La Roja” squad, the seventeen-year-old recounts: “I was traveling with a friend of mine. We were in a hotel, and he stood at the entrance as I was going to the car. He waved to me from afar and said to myself + Why is this calling me? + (Laughs) Then He shouted, ‘Ansu, you’re going with the national team!’ I thought to myself, ‘What is he saying?’ I couldn’t believe it.
The player with rare talent wished, “This is my pride, and I am happy to be here. I want to learn from the best and benefit a lot. I hope through work that I will come back as much as possible.”
Ansu Fati, a fan of Andres Iniesta and David Villa, has become a symbol of a young Spanish generation full of talent looking to dust off an elderly generation that scored a trilogy in the 2010 World Cup and European Cup 2008 and 2012.
Among the new young men in Enrique’s squad are the names of Sergio Regilon (Seville), Eric Garcia (Manchester City, England), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Oscar Rodriguez (Leganes), and Ferran Torres (Manchester City).
With “my older brother” and childhood friend Garcia (19 years old), Fati is looking to leave an imprint with the Reds and transfer his current successes from breaking age records to titles with his new country and his team Barcelona.