The Young African Star – Anssumane “Ansu” Vieira Fati

    Anssumane “Ansu” Vieira Fati is one of the young African star, born on October 31, 2002, in Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau. He is the second son and child in a family of five children (three boys and two girls). He is a professional footballer who plays as a left-winger for the Catalan club, Barcelona. Fati represents Spain internationally.

    Family Background

    Before the talented African star was born, a civil war broke out in his home country which was followed by a military coup. The coup left Guinea Bissau in ruins and also led to widespread poverty. Bori Fati, a former driver and Lordes Fati, a housekeeper (Ansu Fati’s parents) had great concerns for their children’s future in the war-torn Guinea Bissau. This led to his father leaving the country in search of greener pasture abroad.

    His first point of call was Portugal. In Portugal, Ansu’s father who is an ex-footballer decided to try his luck with some lower leagues but was unsuccessful. While there, he read of a town in Spain that was offering jobs to migrants. He immediately relocated to Marinaleda, Spain. Unfortunately, he discovered there was no job for him; he had no other means of survival than to beg for food.

    On the streets of Marinaleda, one day he met the mayor of Marinaleda, Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo who took interest in him and gave him a job as his chauffeur. Impressed by his dedication and devotion to duty, the mayor helped in facilitating the movement of Bori’s family from Guinea Bissau to Spain. This was how the African star Ansu Fati at the age of six was brought to Spain. They then settled in the nearby town of Herrera, where Ansu spent most of his childhood and started his football training.

    Early Life and Career

    Bori Fati encouraged his sons Braima and Ansu (Miguel, the third son was born in Spain) to pursue a career in football so they will not end up like him. This encouragement the boys took seriously and Braima, the eldest was the first to sign a contract with Sevilla FC. Ansu on his part trained worked very hard and attended trials at Sevilla FC and other nearby clubs. Soon, he got accepted by a local club, Herrera where he was for a season before getting signed by Sevilla FC to join his brother.

    Building a Football Career

    Once he got to Sevilla FC, the young and talented African Star took no time in making himself relevant and noticed. This was evident as Real Madrid and Barcelona scouts came to his family home seeking his signature with the former offering a bigger package and better conditions.

    Due to the fact that Sevilla FC was not ready to let go of their newly found goldmine, accompanied by transfer complications, Ansu was left out of the game of football for a year. This did not in any way demoralize the very ambitious Ansu but kept his dream alive. All through this time, the Barcelona Football Academy, Le Masia was persistent in the chase for young Ansu Fati. At the age of ten, Ansu was signed and enrolled in Le Masia where he will be trained and grounded in football.

    At Le Masia, he swiftly began to create a wonderful impression causing him to rise very quickly in the ranks even before his teenage years. He rose and became the captain of the prestigious Le Masia youth team.

    Minor Setback

    December 2015 became a low point in Ansu’s football career. Just when he was establishing his leadership skills with the captain band, a very tough tackle from an Espanyol defender left Ansu with both broken tibia and fibula in his right leg. This unfortunate incident took out Ansu for ten months, relegating him to the sidelines and the hospital.

    Journey to Stardom

    Contrary to expectations, the Afrcan star returned to football after the injury marked the turning point of his football career. He rose from the ashes of the ten-month injury with the determination to improve his game. In a few months of recovery, he was able to dominate the youth football and won himself a contract with the FC Barcelona’s senior team to play professional football, a year after his elder brother, Braima made the same move. The contract which was signed on July 14, 2019, is to last until 2022. The signing of the contract set the ball rolling in anticipation of Ansu’s explosive football career.

    Club career

    The AFrican Star celebrate goal with team mateOn August 25, 2019, in a 5–2 home win over Real Betis, Ansu, wearing number 31, came on in the 78th minutes of the game to play his first team and La Liga game, as a late-game substitute for Carles Pérez. At age 16 years and 298 days, he became the second-youngest player to play for Barcelona FC since 1941. He was only 18 days older than Vicenç Martínez who is the youngest player ever to play for Barca.

    Six days later in an away match against Osasuna FC, Ansu scored his first professional goal. The match ended in a 2–2 away draw. With the goal, Ansu who was 16 years and 304 days, became the youngest goal-scorer ever in Barcelona’s senior team and the third-youngest scorer in the history of La Liga.

    On 14 September 2019, in his first career start, Ansu became the youngest player in the history of La Liga to score and assist in the same match, at the age of 16 years and 318 days. Ansu scored in the 2nd minute and assisted Frenkie de Jong’s goal in the 7th minute of an eventual 5–2 home win against Valencia

    On September 17, Ansu made his Champions League debut in a 0–0 away draw against 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 by Bojan Krkić (17 years and 22 days); he also became the third-youngest player ever to appear in the competition.

    On December 10, Ansu became the youngest goal-scorer in UEFA Champions League history at the age of 17 years and 40 days when he scored the game-winner in Barcelona 2–1 victory over Inter Milan at the San Siro

    International Career

    The growing of African StarThe young Africa star was originally eligible to represent Guinea-Bissau at the international level but did not represent the nation of his birth at any level. After his debut in La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) showed interest in him, with Diario AS reporting that the Spanish government had set its sights on granting Ansu citizenship with a view to including him in the squad for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He is also reportedly eligible for a Portuguese passport through his grandparents’ birth in colonial Portuguese Guinea

    The young African star(Ansu) was granted Spanish citizenship on 20 September 2019, renouncing his Bissau-Guinean citizenship. He was called up to the Spanish under-21 team on 11 October 2019, following an injury to Carles Pérez. Ansu made his debut for the Spanish under-21 team on 15 October 2019 against Montenegro

    Ansu the Record Breaker

    Talented African StarThe following are some of the most impressive records set or broken by this talented footballer:

    The fastest double by a young player

    In the last La Liga match, where Barcelona faced Levante, the 17-year-old forward took advantage of Messi’s two goal-assists, to be able to score twice with only less than two minutes apart. In this way, The young Africa star snatched the record held by Juanmi Jiménez, a player who, in 2010 and belonging to Malaga, scored two goals on the second day of La Liga. However, the striker made them 22 minutes apart, and at the time of participating in the tournament, he had 17 years and 115 days.

    Third scorer in the first Spanish division

    In his soon debut as part of the first team, the young African star managed to score during the third round of LaLiga 2019/20, where Barcelona played against Osasuna, in a match that ended 2-2. In this way, Ansu managed to make the first goal, and tie the game, at the 50th minute.

    Thanks to his spectacular performance, Ansu, at that time with 16 years and 304 days, reached the podium of the youngest players to score in the first division, leaving behind Fabrice Olinga (16 years and 98 days) and Iker Muniain (16 years and 289 days).

    Youngest to score with Barcelona

    During that same game, the young player also made history in the club, to be the youngest footballer in the history of the team. When he entered the field, the 16-year and 304-days old player scored the goal of the draw, making him the youngest player to score a goal for the club.

    In this way, he left behind Bojan Krkic, who scored in the 2007/08 season in a match against Villarreal, at that time the striker was 17 years old and 53 days old. In third place, is the star of Barcelona, Lionel Messi, who scored in the 2004/05 season in a match against Albacete, was 17 years and 331 days, according to the official information of the club’s website

    Youngest scorer to score in the Champions League

    On day 6 of the group stage of the Champions League, Barcelona faced against Inter Milan. Near the end of the game, the teams tied 1-1. However, in the 85th minute, Ansu Fati entered and after 99 seconds of entering the field, he scored the victory goal. The team not only won, but it became the first Spanish team in the Champions League to beat the Italian team at home.

    In addition, that night, Ansu, with 17 years and 40 days, became the youngest player to score in the Champions League, beating the record dating back to 1997, when the Ghanaian footballer Peter Ofori-Quaye, 17 years old with 195 days, scored for Olympiacos when they faced Rosenborg.

    Three in one

    On September 14, 2019, and playing against Valencia, Ansu broke three records in just one commitment. First, he became the youngest player to start a game at Camp Nou, the team’s stadium. Second, and before two minutes, he celebrated his first goal in the stadium. And third, five minutes after his scored, he assisted Frankie de Jong, thus becoming the youngest player to attend and score in the same match in the first Spanish league.

    Private Life

    The young Africa star from Guinea Bissau in way too young to get married. He is reportedly single as well. He turned 17 years old in October 2019. Presently, there is no girl that is linked to Ansu, rather he is focused on his football career. He is set to establish himself as one of the rising footballers in La Liga and has already paved his path to stardom.

    Net Worth and Lifestyle

    In December 2019 Ansu Fati signed a new contract with Barcelona that saw him receiving a 700 000 Euros bonus. Fati will reportedly earn 300 000 Euros a year if he continues being a member of the Barcelona B team. However, Ansu Fati’s salary will be significantly hiked to around 1.7 million Euros when he eventually officially signs with the first team. He has an estimated net worth of $4M. Ansu Fati has an extended contract with FC Barcelona until 2022, with a new release clause of €170M. With all this money, Ansu still lives an average life. He does buy expensive cars and jewelry. He is calm and coolheaded.

    Love for Family

    The African Star with MotherThe young African star shares an inseparable bond with his family. His tight and stringent training regimen notwithstanding, he still finds time to spend quality time with his family. He enjoys the company of his mother and younger brother, Miguel who also plays for Barcelona’s ‘Le Masia’ Academy.

    Humanitarian Activities

    Knowing from experience, the plight of the less privileged, The young African star is sold out to showing compassion to the sick and the vulnerable in the society. He joins his teammates to visit hospitals, aged homes, orphanages, etc., to extend their hand of giving.

    African star with team mates

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