Etching your name into the Spain national team history books at the age of 17 might be enough to boost any kid’s ego to lofty levels, but according to Luis Enrique, Barcelona young attacker Ansu Fati is still “mature and humble”.
Fati made headlines over the weekend when he became the youngest player to score for Spain as he netted the third goal in the 4-0 win over Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League.
The wonderkid, aged 17, broke a record which stood for 95 years set by Juan Errazquin who scored his first goal for Spain at the age of 18.
“When we choose the squad, we do not look at his age. That does not mean that we do not have to understand that Ansu Fati will play bad games and will make mistakes many times. It is part of his learning, but that self-confidence is not normal,” said Spain manager Enrique.
“Even though I know him [Fati] well and what he’s capable of, I can’t say I’m not surprised. He showed such bravery and daring to do what he did in the second minute, beating a player so naturally. I can’t remember him doing anything like this before.
“Fati is very happy and has reasons. He is only 17 years old and has to mature, but that in his second game with the national team he dares to do all this,” added Enrique.
The 17-year-old is living the dream right now as at club level, he made 33 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions in the 2019/20 season, netting eight goals.
“He brings hard work and humility. He has trained at an impressive pace and I am glad that he goes home with this joy.
“At his age, it is easy for these highs to go to your head, but he is mature enough to know that the path he is following is the best. He is very calm and humble,” concluded Enrique.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi