Saturday, a 16 years old soccer player called Ansu Fati needed just 7 minutes to stun the entire football world and climb his way into the hall of fame by helping his team, the famous FC Barcelona, get an early lead over Valencia – one of the most reputable teams from the Spanish La Liga.
Ansu Fati scored in the second minute of the match and, just 5 minutes after, he served one of his teammates – Frenkie de Jong -, to secure a premature 2-0 lead and enter the history books as the youngest player who has ever scored on Camp Nou. And if that wasn’t enough, this is not his only entry in the record books. On 31th August, he became the youngest player to score in La Liga.
I know. It’s not something you would expect from a teenager whose last name sounds more like a rude nickname (“fatty”) worn by someone who would invent any kind of excuses to not move his precious flabby temple, than a name of a future legend of the football world.
However, the man – if I can call him like that -, shone brightly in a team that missed its main attraction – Lionel Messi -, but which has marvelously managed to end the match with five scored goals and only two conceded.
But where did Ansu Fati come from?
Well, he is originally from Guinea-Bissau, a West-African country which has formerly been a Portuguese colony and which shelters another type of fatties – the salt water hippopotamuses. Ok, that’s enough with fatty references for today.
Ansu’s story started when he arrived at Barcelona’s world famous football academy, La Masia. He was only 10 years old at that time and his father had to deny a good offer from Real Madrid before he sent his son there.
“We were at Sevilla, and Real Madrid offered a contract with better financial conditions than Barcelona for my son”Bori Fati, Ansu’s father
But why would you do that? In the end, Real and Barcelona are two wildly popular teams. Here is Papa “Fatty” with the answer. (Oh, here we go again.)
“But we chose Barcelona, because they came to my house with a contract and convinced me. Albert Puig [Barcelona’s Youth Technical Director at that time] came and told me that my son had to sign for Barcelona. He said they had a project and that in a few years I would see him in it.”Bori Fati
And so it was. Six years later, his boy told him that Valverde – Barca’s current coach -, had requested him for a La Liga match.
“When Ansu told me that [Ernesto] Valverde had called him up, it made me and my wife cry. When he went on to the pitch we said ‘it can’t be’, we were on cloud nine.”Bori Fati
That’s pure parental happiness. To see your child making it in life and fulfilling his dreams at such a young age must be heavenly.
And when I say heavenly, I talk about the financial incomes as well. Ansu’s price market rose to 25 million dollars, according to Transfermarkt. Besides this, Ansu renewed his contract with Barcelona this year and he has a release clause of 100 million dollars. Jaw-dropping! Especially if you think that all of this excitement is for a 16 years old teenager!
Ansu Fati is not just a remarkable football player
After his extraordinary performance against Valencia, Ansu Fati got addicted to Camp Nou’s pitch just like other kids of his age get addicted to weed or alcohol.
“I stayed on the pitch for a little bit [after the match] because I couldn’t believe it.”Ansu Fati
I think it’s important for youngsters to have models, someone to guide them and someone to set a trend. And Ansu Fati is exactly that – an example. Just look how all the hard work paid off for Ansu, who has received a massive flow of social media followers after his debut for the iconic Spanish team while he certainly assured financial security for him and for his family as well.
Shortly said, in a world where a large part of the young generation has an ever growing number of toxic habits, Ansu Fati is a breath of fresh air.