Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati becomes a Spanish citizen

Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati has been granted Spanish citizenship ahead of the upcoming 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil, amid claims he has been named in a provisional Spain squad for the prestigious youth tournament.
However, the Spanish federation could now be on a potential clash with Barcelona, who are said to be unwilling to release the youngster for the tournament as it would cause him to miss some games at club level during the event.
In 2008, Barçelona turned down the invitation of then 21-year-old Lionel Messi to participate in the Olympics in Beijing after he was named in the Argentina Under-23 squad. Messi was far more critical then than Fati is now; having already played over 100 first-team games and being was expected to play a significant role following the departures of both Ronaldinho and Deco that summer.
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, the spokeswoman said.
Fati moved to Spain when he was just seven years old from a West African family, and his startling talent meant he was invited to join Barcelona’s prestigious youth academy ‘La Masia’ at 10.
Last month, Fati became the youngest player to score for Barcelona in La Liga, and on Tuesday, the club’s youngest player to feature 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 provided another in a 5-2 win over Valencia.
His first major tournament for Spain could come as early as October when the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off in Brazil.
Despite committing to Spain, Fati will as well remain eligible for his home country Guinea-Bissau, and Portugal, since his grandparents possess passports because of Guinea-Bissau’s former colonial status, until he plays a competitive a senior competitive match.

Author: Cossy

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