On Sunday, Barcelona beat Real Betis 5-2 thanks to a brace from Antoine Griezmann and goals from Carles Perez, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal. Another huge positive was the fact that Ansu Fati made his first senior team appearance.
The Bissau-Guinean, who took the pitch as a late substitute, became Barca’s second-youngest player (16 years and 298 days) to debut for the Catalans after Vicenc Martinez (16 years and 280 days) back in October 1941. The kid’s appearance received a standing ovation from the home crowd.
Thus, Victor Valdes, who managed Fati at the Blaugrana’s ‘Juvenil A team’, has shared thoughts on his former disciple, quoted by MARCA:
“I told him to bring me his boots and they were a complete disaster, they were causing him pain. Nobody bought him new boots, so I did. We went to buy some new ones.
“I’m so happy for him, he called me this morning and it made me very excited. I’m thankful to Valverde for giving him some minutes.”