The name Ansu Fati will be remembered in Barcelona's history as he became the first player to wear the number '10' Jersey after Messi's departure and he didn't disappoint as he did live up to the hype and expectations.
He has been out of football for almost a year following his injury in November 2020 where he suffered a torn meniscus on his left knee in a clash with Real Betis.
He came back stronger and was able to play the final ten minutes against Levante where he did some wonderful things to mark his return to action. Below are three things Ansu Fati did that made him earn my respect despite his teenage age;
1. After scoring his goal, the teenager went to celebrate with the team's doctor which was in appreciation towards the services he rendered to him.
It takes a doctor with a will and faith to trust in the recovery process of a teenage player and Ansu must be aware of the deep medical processes that had been going on behind the scenes to see him return to action. He didn't hesitate as he ran towards the doctor after his goal and that's worthy of him.
2. He took on defenders boldly without any fear despite playing for only ten minutes plus additional time. Most players especially teenagers would have been in a traumatised mode whilst returning to action after almost a year on the sidelines but Ansu kept his calm and wasn't scared of taking on defenders.
He was fouled within those minutes but it didn't stop him as he played in his natural beautiful way.
3. With regards to his goal, he had four defenders around him but took the shot from outside the 18-yard box which is a resemblance of Messi's trademark goals. He came back to action after months and wore the number '10' jersey without pressure which was unusual for every teenager.
It wasn't just any club's number '10' shirt but that of Barcelona which carries a lot of responsibility. Ansu thrilled the fans with beautiful runs within those minutes and it showed he was ready for the new responsibility that comes with the Jersey.
People doubted if he would be able to handle it and the youngster just cleared all doubts within those minutes. He went on to be the Man of the Match despite his few minutes on the pitch.
Image Credits: Barca Times, Goal, Marca, ESPN
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