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16-Year-Old Ansu Fati Made His Barcelona Debut Last Night And He Looks The Real Deal

16-Year-Old Ansu Fati Made His Barcelona Debut Last Night And He Looks The Real Deal

Aged 16 years and 298 days, Ansu Fati made Barcelona history last night when he became the club's youngest ever player since 1941 and the kid looked incredibly exciting in his 15 minute cameo.

With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez out for the visit of Real Betis last night, Fati was called up to the first-team training and then made the bench for the game at the Nou Camp.

And with Barca 5-1 up late on, Fati replaced goalscorer Carles Perez in the 79th minute and looked perfectly at home on the right-hand side during his debut.

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Check out some of his highlights here:

He was so impressive in fact, that he even received a hug from Barca talisman and captain Lionel Messi, who gave him a massive seal of approval on social media.

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The La Masia youth product recently signed a three-year contract at the Blaugrana and has a €100 million release clause in his contract.

But incredibly, he's so young that Barcelona had to ask his parents' permission for him to play in the game because of La Liga's restrictions on under age players in night games.

Of course, his mum and dad were more than happy for him to take to the field in the 5-2 victory at 9pm local time and it was a proud moment for all the family.

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Reflecting on the special moment, as quoted by ESPN, he said: "I was looking at my parents and my family [in the stands], all those people that have accompanied me to this point in my career.

"I stayed there on the pitch because I couldn't believe it. I wanted to enjoy that moment. The truth is that I was really nervous before, but I only have words of gratitude for everyone: the club, the manager, the supporters, who gave me a great reception."

Topics: Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, La Liga

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