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Ansu Fati, 16, Became Barcelona's Youngest Ever Champions League Player

Ansu Fati, 16, Became Barcelona's Youngest Ever Champions League Player

Ansu Fati became the Barcelona's youngest ever Champions League player on Tuesday night at 16 years and 321 days.

The La Masia youth product only made his debut three weeks back against Real Betis and has been fast-tracked into the first-team, becoming the youngest goalscorer in the club's history when he struck against Osasuna.

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And he ticked off another milestone in his fledgling career after being named in the starting line-up by Ernesto Valverde in the 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund.

To make you feel very old, Fati will become the first player born in 2002 to feature in Europe's premier club competition - while he was also be the youngest ever Champions League goalscorer if he finds the net this evening.

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Peter Ofori-Quaye is the current holder, having scored for Olympiakos when he was just 17 years 195 days old.

Fati recently signed a three-year contract at the Blaugrana and has a €100 million release clause in his deal.

But incredibly, he's so young that Barcelona had to ask his parents' permission for him to make his debut because of La Liga's restrictions on under age players appearing 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 all the family will feel immensely proud at his Champions Leagu exploits.

Ansu Fati, remember the name.

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Ansu Fati, Champions League

Josh Lawless

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