Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati became the youngest goalscorer in the entire history of Europe’s premier club competition. The Guinea-Bissau born starlet aged 17 years and 40 days wrote his name into the history books by breaking a record that had stood for over 22 years.
It’s another accolade Fati can add to his young resume already, having become Barcelona’s youngest-ever scorer earlier this season.
Fati, 17, came on as an 85th-minute substitute in the last group stage game against Inter Milan and a minute later he settled the tie after a sharp one-two at the top of the box with Luis Suarez as Barcelona ended Inter Milan’s hopes of reaching the last 16.
Before Fati’s brilliant strike at the San Siro on Tuesday, the competition’s youngest goalscorer was Peter Ofori-Quaye (aged 17 years and 194 days), who scored for Olympiacos against Rosenborg in the 1997-98 campaign.
Other Fati Ansu records
Youngest Barça player in the Champions League
Set in the away game at Dortmund, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Second youngest Barça player ever
He was just 16 years and 298 days old when he appeared against Real Betis.
Youngest Barça goalscorer ever
Set away to Osasuna, when he was aged just 16 years and 304 days.
Youngest Player To Start At Camp Nou
Set a week later at home to Valencia…
Youngest Player To Score & Assist in the Same Liga Game
…It took him just six minutes to both find the net and set up a goal, which also made him the youngest to ever score in a competitive fixture at Camp Nou, either for Barça or the visiting team.
Youngest UEFA Champions League Scorers
17 years 40 days: Ansu Fati (Internazionale Milano 1-2 Barcelona, 10/12/19)
17 years 195 days: Peter Ofori-Quaye (Rosenborg 5-1 Olympiacos, 01/10/97)
17 years 216 days: Mateo Kovačić (Dinamo Zagreb 1-7 Lyon, 07/12/11)
17 years 218 days: Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal 5-1 Rosenborg, 07/12/04)
17 years 218 days: Bojan Krkić (Schalke 0-1 Barcelona, 01/04/08)
17 years 241 days: Martin Klein (Panathinaikos 2-1 Sparta Praha, 27/02/02)
17 years 263 days: Breel Embolo (Basel 4-0 Ludogorets, 04/11/14)
17 years 300 days: Aaron Ramsey (Fenerbahçe 2-5 Arsenal, 21/10/08)
17 years 322 days: Karim Benzema (Lyon 2-1 Rosenborg, 06/11/05)
18 years 44 days: Alex Oxlade-Chambelain (Arsenal 2-1 Olympiacos, 28/09/11)
By Gerald Dandah