Barcelona wonderkid Lamine Yamal will not feature in EA FC 24 game
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Barcelona youngster Lamine Yamal will not feature in the upcoming EA FC 24 release.
The highly-rated forward, who became the second youngest player in Champions League history on Tuesday night, when he featured against Belgian side Royal Antwerp, has been breaking record after record of late.
Last month, at just 16 years and 38 days old, the Spain international became the youngest player to start for any Liga team this century when he featured for Barca in their 2-0 win over Cadiz.
And two weeks later, Yamal became the youngest-ever debutant and goalscorer for Spain at 16-year and 57-days old; breaking club teammate Gavi’s previous record for La Roja.
The teenager will, however, have to wait to make his much-anticipated debut on this month's EA FC 24 release.
So why won't he feature? Well, Lamal is not eligible to be in the game because he's too young. To be added into the game, all players must be 17 years old.
That's right. Yamal will have to wait until 13 July, 2024 – when he turns 17 – before he can use himself on the Ultimate Team and Career Mode game modes on EA FC 24.
Barcelona forward Ansu Fati, who is currently on loan at Premier League side Brighton, was left out of FIFA 20 for the very same reason.
Twitter account FUT.GG predict Yamal will be handed a 78-rated RW card when he is eventually added to the game.
"What could've been," they wrote on Sunday. "Lamine won't be eligible to be in #EAFC until he turns 17 which is in exactly 300 days. We'll keep counting down the days so you don't have to."
As well as his very respectable FUT rating, they have handed Yamal an acceleration stat of 91 while other high stats include agility , dribbling  and composure .
⭐️ Lamine Yamal ⭐️— FUT.GG (@FUTxGG) September 17, 2023
What could've been! Lamine won't be eligible to be in #EAFC until he turns 17 which is in exactly 300 days.
We'll keep counting down the days so you don't have to. pic.twitter.com/JYixk8eGST
Barcelona manager Xavi recently said the Catalan club have "big expectations" for the 16-year-old talent.
"Of course I am surprised by what he does at his age, he's only just 16, " Xavi said when asked about Yamal after their clash against Villarreal.
"Everyone is -- I am not an exception. He nearly always makes the best decision, which is what makes the difference in football.
"We have big expectations, even more so when you see what you see [on the pitch]. He is not starting games on a whim. He starts because we feel he can effect matches.
"Like I said, he nearly always makes the right decision, which is important, picking the best option. Two assists today, he's intelligent, mature. He's extraordinary."