It was in the 85th minute that 17-year-old Ansu Fati was subbed into the hotly contested game between Barcelona and Inter Milan at 1-1. 98 seconds later, the young starlet with gobs of potential made history.
Fati scored the go-ahead basket, giving Barcelona a 2-1 lead. This will lead to Barcelona’s eventual victory at 2-1. According to CNN Fati commented on his goal with this
“I played the give and go with Luis [Suarez] and when I scored the stadium just went silent. I’m super happy,” Fati said after the match in Milan.”It’s a dream. Everything seems to be going at high speed. I just have to take every opportunity I’m given. But here, you look around and think, ‘What have I done?’
The initial record for youngest to score stood for 22 years according to dailyco.uk. The previous record was held by Peter Ofori-Quaye in the 1997-1998 campaign.
Ofari-Quaye was just 154 days older than Fati when he reached this feat. Now, at 17 years and 40 days, Fati has set a new record for the ages. This is just one milestone of what promises to be many for the young forward of Barcelona.
Fati’s opportunity came because Barcelona sat a bunch of stars including Messi due to the fact that Barcelona had already cleared the knockout stages.
This created the stage for greatness to occur, and so it did.
“Ansu [Fati] is a born scorer and although he’s had some niggling pain, we wanted him to have some minutes,” Valverde said after the match, per BBC Sport.“That it’s a Barca lad who’s the youngest ever scorer in this competition delights us.”