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Barcelona's youngest-ever goalscorer Fati granted Spanish citizenship, paving the way for call-up

Guinea-Bissau-born and also eligible to play for Portugal, the 16-year-old is now expected to line out for Spain at the U17 World Cup.

Fati made his Champions League debut for Barca during the week.
Fati made his Champions League debut for Barca during the week.
Image: firo Sportphoto/Jürgen Fromme

BARCELONA’S 16-YEAR-old starlet Ansu Fati has today been granted Spanish citizenship, meaning he will be able to represent Spain at international level.

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s cabinet approved a request made by the justice minister to give the Guinea-Bissau-born forward Spanish citizenship during its weekly meeting, a government spokeswoman said.

Fati was just seven years old when he moved to Spain from an impoverished west African family and his startling talent meant he was invited to join Barcelona’s prestigious youth academy ‘La Masia’ aged 10. He is also eligible to represent Portugal.

In August, he became the youngest player to score for Barcelona in La Liga and on Tuesday, the club’s youngest player to play in the Champions League.

Spain’s national coach Robert Moreno described Fati’s full debut for Barcelona last weekend as “mind-blowing” after he scored one goal and set up another in a 5-2 win over Valencia.

His first major tournament for Spain could come as early as October, when the 2019 Fifa U17 World Cup kicks off in Brazil.

- © AFP 2019

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