Young African makes Spanish football history


Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati has become the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish national team.

The 17-year-old was on the scoresheet in Spain’s 4-0 win over Ukraine in a Nations League encounter at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Sunday, when he cut in from the left and curled into the bottom corner.

He had earlier won a penalty, which Sergio Ramos converted.

It was Fati’s first start for ‘La Roja’, the FIFA 2010 World Cup winners on African soil. Fati beat the country’s previous youngest scorer, Juan Errazquin, who scored three goals aged 18 against Switzerland almost 100 years ago.

Fati is now the youngest player to score for Spain, for Barca in La Liga and the youngest to score in the UEFA Champions League as well.

Born in Guinea-Bissau, he and his family moved to Seville when he was a young boy. He joined Barcelona’s La Masia academy aged 10 and made his first team debut at the start of last season, becoming the second youngest player ever to play for the club.

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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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