Ansu Fati becomes Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League debutant.
Another match and new record were broken by Ansu Fati at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund on Wednesday he became the youngest ever player to debut in a European game for the Catalans after 120-year, Ernesto Valverde selected the winger to start against Borussia Dortmund in Barcelona’s Champions League group stage opener.
At 16 years and 321 days, he became the youngest ever Barçelona player to feature in the UEFA competition.
Bojan Krkic was the holder of the record following his appearance against Olympique Lyonnais in 2007 at the age of 17 years and 22 days. While Celestine Babayaro holds the overall record in the Champions League, having for Anderlecht at 16 years, two months and 25 days old.
Youngest UEFA Champions League debutants
16 years 87 days: Céléstine Babayaro (Anderlecht 1-1 Steaua, 23/11/94)
16 years 128 days: Alen Halilović (Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain, 24/10/12)
16 years 148 days: Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht 0-3 Olympiacos, 02/10/13)
16 years 242 days: Charis Mavrias (Panathinaikos 0-0 Rubin Kazan, 20/10/10)
16 years 263 days: Kenneth Zohore (Barcelona 2-0 København, 20/10/10)
He would have become the Champions League’s youngest ever scorer had it been he scored in the match. The record is currently owned by Peter Ofori-Quaye. He was 17 years and 195 days old when he scored for Olympiacos against Rosenborg in 1997.
Youngest UEFA Champions League scorers
17 years 195 days: Peter Ofori-Quaye (Rosenborg 5-1 Olympiacos, 01/10/97)
17 years 216 days: Mateo Kovačić (Dinamo Zagreb 1-7 Lyon, 07/12/11)
17 years 218 days: Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal 5-1 Rosenborg, 07/12/04)
17 years 218 days: Bojan Krkić (Schalke 0-1 Barcelona, 01/04/08)
17 years 241 days: Martin Klein (Panathinaikos 2-1 Sparta Praha, 27/02/02)
The Guinea-Bissau indigene started the Tuesday night match in Dortmund on the right wing with Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann, he seemed a lot more comfortable when he was transferred to the left, with displays of skill, pace and sheer football fantasy.
His maiden European appearance ended in the 59th minute when he made way for the club legend Leo Messi.
Following his debut against Real Betis, he scored against Osasuna and combining an assist and a goal on his first start against Valencia, Fati extends his talent excitement build-up.