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FC Barcelona: A unique godfather for Ansu Fati LaLiga Santander 2019 – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith

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Monday
3
February
2020

23:28

The striker grows under the cover of Messi, who plays with him in virtually the same role that Ronaldinho played on the 10th landing. Leo’s brother represents the young star

Ansu Fati faces Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez.
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Leo Messi knows very well what it means to reach the first barca team when you are just a teenager. His debut, in friendly match, against Porto, came when he had only 16 years old. It was November 2003. His official premiere was expected almost another year: he arrived in October 2004, in a derby against Espanyol in Montjuic. When he started being a regular in training with the elders, Ronaldinho practically took it under his protection. Now, 16 years later, the Argentine is repeating that story. In this case, sheltering under his wings an Ansu Fati who is already treading very the elite.

The Brazilian sponsored Messi as soon as he stepped on the first-team squad. His, precisely, was the assistance that allowed the Argentine to debut his goalscoring account in the League. The move was practically a trace of which they had both signed shortly before, invalidated by offside. His celebration, climbed on a horsetop above Ronaldinho, was an image that went around the world. On Monday, LaLiga chose to recover another, in which the current Blue-see captain melted into a hug with his friend, to compare it with another in which the great Barcelona flagship repeated that same gesture with Ansu Fati. In this case, after the first goal of the quarry (scored two) to Levante.

“Playing alongside him is amazing. I always tell him that I will always be grateful to him,” Ansu Fati said after the duel in front of the Granota outfit. «I still have doubts about whether all this is real or not. I’ve been watching him play for many years and being with him is a dream,” she insisted. On August 28, three days after its premiere with the first blue team, the young crack shared on his social networks an image in which Messi, with another hug, seemed to bless his arrival in the locker room. And his comment was already completely symptomatic: “Thank you, Leo Messi. For your words and gestures of affection towards me on such a special day. Both in football and personal, you are the benchmark for the boys of La Masia. Eternally grateful!». He spared no praise.

Messi certainly doesn’t seem to have been taken by surprise by his breakthrough. “I was impressed the first day I saw him coach, it caught my eye and the next game he was making his debut with us,” he said a few months ago at The Best Award gala. “You have to go with him, help him slowly and let all this noise around keep growing, because he has impressive conditions to be an important player,” he stressed. And he seems to have been hell-bent on helping him. To the max. Against the Levant he not only gave him two goal passes. Throughout the whole second part, he sought it over and over again to score his first trick hat with Barca. Antoine Griezmann, meanwhile, was fed up with throwing out marksman in the race. In most cases, sterile. As much as Quique Setién insists that the winter signing will be the return of Ousmane Dembélé, everything invites you to think that Ansu Fati will continue to have a lot of prominence. Especially after the alarms have been set again with the Frenchman, who left Monday’s training with annoyance. As reported by the club, muscle fatigue. It happens that the precedents invite you to take this official information cautiously.

In Barca they are well aware that, with Ansu Fati, they have more than a rough diamond on their hands. For this reason, he bet to settle him with a practically scare-proof deal (and great fortunes). The entity that runs Josep Maria Bartomeu expanded and improved his commitment to the young player, in which, until he signed his first contract as a professional, there will be a termination clause of 170 million euros. As soon as it is fully integrated into the first team, it will become 400 million euros, with the corresponding wage improvement. Bori Fati, the player’s father, is officially his manager. At least since the end of last year. But to seal this agreement, had the collaboration of another Messi: Rodrigo, one of the brothers of the Barcelona captain. Since last September he has been working with the father, as a representative of the boy, to which Junior Minguella once wore, a guy with an illustrious surname in the Blue-Slay world.

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