Ansu Fati, the 17-year-old who was officially named a senior player in Barcelona last week, showed why the club added a $ 468 million release fee clause to their new contract by adding his League season to a flyer.

The Spanish sensation has made incredible strides since its debut last season. Just a week later, he became the club’s youngest goalscorer and, in the following months, the youngest player to ever represent Barca in the Champions League and in Europe, the competition’s youngest scorer.

While all eyes were on Lionel Messi after the striker nearly left the club last season, his precocious pretender made headlines by taking just 15 minutes to open Barcelona’s account for the season in spectacular style than him Villarreal was entertaining.

An astute pass from Clement Lenglet started the lightning break from the home team at Camp Nou. He found the wideman Jordi Alba, who attacked in the box on the left and cut a low pass back into Fati’s path.

10 – At 17 years and 332 days, Ansu Fati is the youngest player from the top five European leagues to have scored more than 10 goals in all competitions since the start of last season. Unstoppable.

– OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 27, 2020

The teenager still had a lot to do, just out of the box, but the serenity with which he made a tremendous attempt behind goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo was worthy of a seasoned superstar and showed why the club were so keen to bring their suitors with them fend off the giant clause in his new contract.

“Such a cool finish,” said a fan. “Fati might have a big season ahead of him.”

Just as the praise for Fati’s dazzling goal rained in, he added a second from a similar position after another nifty move that started in the Barcelona penalty area and sped through the middle of the field at pace.

Wee Fati enjoys Barca life 🔥🔥⚽️⚽️

– Simon Donnelly (@ SimonDonnelly13) September 27, 2020

Midfielder Philippe Coutinho shot towards the penalty area before feeding Fati for the tenth goal in Barcelona.

He gave in for more than fifteen minutes before tormenting the visiting defense again, winning a penalty and briefly looking like he could complete a 35-minute hat-trick before handing the ball over to Messi.

Fati was barely a year old when Messi first played for Barcelona’s third team, and the club’s top goalscorer converted an imperfect penalty into four goals in his last three league games.

17 – Lionel Messi is the fourth player in LaLiga history to score in 17 consecutive seasons after Agustín ‘Piru’ Gaínza (19), Carlos Alonso, ‘Santillana’ (17) and Sergio Ramos (17). Infallible.

– OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 27, 2020

The goal ensured Messi was one of only four players to score in 17 consecutive seasons – a prospect that looked uncertain as he insisted he wanted to leave the club where he would end his entire season August had spent.

The youth academy’s new graduate’s influence, meanwhile, was reminiscent of his standout performance for Spain against Ukraine in the Nations League last month when he won a third-minute penalty and scored his country’s third goal in a series of dazzling runs from the left.

That made him Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer and he seemed part of an even clearer win in Barca’s first game under new coach Ronald Koeman, thanks to a brilliant piece from Messi just before the break.

La Liga’s all-time all-time scorer floated an excellent cross from the center left deep into the box and Sergio Busquets would almost certainly have seized the opportunity without the intervention of confused defender Pau Torres, whose own goal made it 4-0.

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