Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati has become the youngest player ever to score in El Clasico following his early strike against Real Madrid on Saturday.
Since breaking into the Barça first-team setup last season, Fati has gone on to become one of the club’s most influential players.
The youngster notched eight goals in 33 appearances in his maiden season in senior football, and his start to the 2020/21 campaign has offered cause for optimism at a club enduring a turbulent time both on and off the pitch.
The Spaniard’s eighth-minute strike against fierce rivals Madrid saw him become the youngest ever player to score in El Clasico (17 years and 356 days). The goal saw him surpass the previous record set by Los Blancos legend and fellow countryman Raul, who was 18 years and 95 days old when he first notched against Barcelona in September 1995.
The goal puts Fati well on his way to bettering last season’s goal tally of eight, with the youngster already on five for the campaign with just six competitive games played.
Newly-appointed Barça boss Ronald Koeman will be delighted with the early-season form of the 17-year-old as he embarks on a period of transition at the club. The Blaugrana hierarchy made no secret of their desire to offload some of their ageing stalwarts in the summer in a bid to freshen up the squad.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu listed just seven senior players who weren’t for sale during the transfer window – Lionel Messi, Marc-André ter Stegen, Clément Lenglet, Frenkie de Jong, Nelson Semedo, Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann – with a whole host of high-earners including Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal heading for pastures new.
Despite not mentioning Fati when listing players unavailable for sale, Bartomeu went on to clarify that he was ‘non-transferable’ and that he would be central to the club’s plans for years to come.