The forward is not Lionel Messi, nor Luis Suarez. It's not Antoine Griezmann, nor even Ousmane Dembele. It's 16-year-old (16 and 304 days, to be precise) Anssumane Fati, Barcelona's youngest ever goalscorer and the third-youngest in La Liga history.
A week earlier, Fati had become Barcelona's second-youngest ever debutant, as he made a late cameo appearance in the win over Real Betis.
A photo of Fati being embraced by a smiling Lionel Messi went viral after the youngster's debut. It was the tacit blessing that went around the world.
Barça fans right now pic.twitter.com/FSuH5utXpo— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) September 14, 2019
It seemed an only semi-joking question. Wonderkids are two a penny in the modern game but nearly every starlet comes ready-made with a dossier full of information from Twitter punditry to YouTube highlight reels. However, t
Born in the West African former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau (last ranked 123 in the world by FIFA), Fati is the son of Bori Fati, a former footballer who had left his home country for Portugal and later Spain in search of a brighter future.
After settling in the small town of Herrera in the Andalusian province of Seville,
On first sight, did he expect young Ansu to be a star?
"Yeah, but not this quick," Figueroa tells 90min.
"His level of play just didn't correspond to his age, so we checked in the register of the town hall itself that the data was real. After that, it was confirmed. Because of his ability, we put him in the higher age group."
As an insight into Fati's
¿Qué hacías tú con 16 años? — LaLiga (@LaLiga) September 5, 2019
Con esta edad, ANSU FATI ya ha hecho HISTORIA. pic.twitter.com/K3ImFfhrcN
The Fati family still has a house in Herrera, a town of fewer than 7,000 inhabitants, where Ansu has become as much of a local hero as he is back in the Sao Paulo neighbourhood of Bissau where he was born. The teenager, who is officially Spanish after being granted his passport this month, serves as a welcome inspiration for the next generation of would-be superstars in Herrera.
Figueroa drops in that Fati's idol during his two years with Herrera was (like everyone, he stresses) Cristiano Ronaldo, although (mercifully for Barcelona fans) he never saw the youngster in a Real Madrid CR7 shirt.
"The most typical thing that he would do," Figueroa remembers, "is to recover the ball in defence run all the way to the opposition penalty area, then look for a teammate to set up to score. He liked to score himself but, when it came down to it, it was never the most important thing for him. He liked to assist his teammates.
"In the semi-final of one tournament, I remember he was looking for an option to pass but there was none, so he went around and set himself up for a Chilena (bicycle kick). It was an incredible goal."
On Fati's best position, Figueroa adds: "It depends on the needs of the team, but he can be used in any position. He can play on either of the wings or up top as a number nine. His movement greatly imbalances the defence and he offers so much support to all his teammates."
Figueroa is still in contact with the boy who left Herrera just five years ago and has since rocketed to superstardom, revealing his message to Ansu after his debut against Betis.
He said: "I spoke with him after his debut to congratulate him and wish him all the luck in the world and keep calm. I told him, now you must stay calm and not disturbed by your the phone, you must be a little saturated and you must return to normal."
'Normal' is not something that comes easy to Ansu, it seems.