Anssumane “Ansu” Fati VieiraÂ (born 31 October 2002) is a Spanish professionalÂ footballerÂ who plays as aÂ left wingerÂ for Spanish clubÂ Barcelona. Born inÂ Guinea-Bissau, Fati representsÂ SpainÂ internationally.
Early and personal life
His father is ex-footballer Bori Fati, who was fromÂ Guinea-Bissau. After emigrating toÂ Portugal, he set up some teams in the lower leagues. There, he read a story of theÂ AndalusianÂ townÂ Marinaleda, a self-declared communist utopia located nearÂ Seville, that was offering work to immigrants. After begging for food on the streets of Marinaleda, he met the mayorÂ Juan Manuel SÃ¡nchez GordilloÂ and found a job as aÂ driver. He then settled in the nearby town ofÂ Herrera, where Ansu spent most of his childhood and started his football training. Though born in Guinea-Bissau, Bori has said he is “a Sevillian”.
On 24 July 2019, Fati signed his first professional contract with Barcelona, agreeing to a deal until 2022.Â On 25 August, before even appearing withÂ the reserves, Fati made his first team â€“ andÂ La LigaÂ â€“ debut, coming on as a late-gameÂ substituteÂ for goalscorerÂ Carles PÃ©rezÂ in a 5â€“2 home win overÂ Real Betis.Â Aged 16 years and 298 days, he became the second-youngest player to debut for the club, only 18 days older thanÂ VicenÃ§ MartÃnezÂ in 1941.
On 31 August 2019, he scored his first professional goal in a 2â€“2 away draw between Barcelona andÂ OsasunaÂ at the age of 16 years and 304 days, becoming the Barcelona senior team’s youngest goalscorer ever and the third-youngest scorer in the history ofÂ La Liga.
On 14 September 2019, in his first career start, Fati became the youngest player in the history ofÂ La LigaÂ to score and assist in the same match, at the age of 16 years and 318 days. Fati scored in the 2nd minute and assistedÂ Frenkie de Jong‘s goal in the 7th minute of an eventual 5â€“2 home win againstÂ Valencia.
On 17 September, Fati made hisÂ Champions LeagueÂ debut in a 0â€“0 away draw againstÂ Borussia Dortmund, becoming the youngest player to feature for Barcelona in the competition at the age of 16 years and 321 days, breaking the previous record held byÂ Bojan KrkiÄ‡Â (17 years and 22 days); he also became the third-youngest player ever to appear in the competition.Â On 10 December, Fati became the youngest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history at the age of 17 years and 40 days when he scored the game winner in Barcelonaâ€™s 2â€“1 victory overÂ Inter MilanÂ at theÂ San Siro.
Fati was originally eligible to representÂ Guinea-BissauÂ at international level, but did not represent the nation of his birth at any level. After his debut inÂ La Liga, theÂ Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)Â showed interest in him, withÂ Diario ASÂ reporting that the Spanish government had set its sights on granting FatiÂ citizenshipÂ with a view to including him in theÂ squadÂ for theÂ 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He is also reportedly eligible for a Portuguese passport through his grandparents’ birth in colonialÂ Portuguese Guinea.
Fati wasÂ grantedÂ Spanish citizenshipÂ on 20 September 2019,Â renouncingÂ his Bissau-Guinean citizenship.Â He was called up to theÂ Spanish under-21 teamÂ on 11 October 2019, following an injury toÂ Carles PÃ©rez.Â Fati made his debut for the Spanish under-21 team on 15 October 2019 againstÂ Montenegro.
- As of match played 15 February 2020.
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