KEY POINTS

  • Ansu Fati scored Barcelona's second goal in 5-1 win over Ferencvaros
  • It was Fati's second Champions League goal
  • Fati said he is continuing to learn from Lionel Messi

Ansu Fati, who was among the goal-scorers, during FC Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Ferencvaros set a Champions League record Tuesday.

The 17-year-old Ansu Fati netted a volley to score Barcelona’s second goal of the match at Camp Nou before Barcelona secured a comprehensive victory in their 2020-21 Champions League opening fixture. The other scorers were Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, and 17-year-old attacking midfielder Pedri.

Just before the half-time break, when Fati scored at the 42nd minute, he became the first-ever player under the age of 18 to have scored more than once in Europe’s premier tournament. Fati’s first Champions League goal came last season when he had scored in Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Inter Milan at San Siro.

Few minutes into the second half in Tuesday’s game against Ferencvaros, Fati assisted Coutinho with a smooth backheel before the Brazilian netted Barcelona’s third goal of the day.

Since making his first-team debut in August 2019, Fati has recorded and broken many goals at both, club and international level. He is now Barcelona’s second-youngest debutant and goal-scorer in La Liga, the youngest player to do either in the Champions League for the Catalans, and also the youngest ever player to net a brace in a La Liga game for any club.

In September, Fati broke a 95-year-old record to become Spain’s youngest goal-scorer when he netted against Ukraine.

Ansu Fati became the youngest player to score in the Champions League when he netted Barcelona's winner away to Inter
Ansu Fati became the youngest player to score in the Champions League when he netted Barcelona's winner away to Inter AFP / Isabella BONOTTO

After playing a significant role in Barcelona’s 5-1 win, Fati credited Messi, saying he is continuing to learn from his club skipper.

"Messi is still Messi. He can score in any action. We are very happy to have him here with us and I continue to learn from him. We start with a good victory; we have to continue like that. [My goal is] thanks to all my team-mates, they make things easy for me. It's a fantastic pass from Frenkie [De Jong] and I just had to push the ball," Goal quoted Fati, as saying.

Barcelona are now gearing for the upcoming El Clasico against Real Madrid that is scheduled to be played at Camp Nou Saturday.

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