Lionel Messi becoming Ansu Fati’s support system at Barcelona

Lionel Messi of Barcelona with his teammate Ansu Fati (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi of Barcelona with his teammate Ansu Fati (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Barcelona wonderkid, Ansu Fati, hails Lionel Messi for his support.

Ansu Fati showed the world a brilliant performance in the first match of Barcelona’s La Liga season. The youngster registered two goals in a 4-0 victory against Villarreal. This also meant that Ronald Koeman got his first win of the season and he can only hope for more of the same in the future. The season got off to a good start and it seems as if Fati and Lionel Messi have really bonded which can mean great things for the Spaniard’s future.

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The Barcelona board has recognized Fati as Messi’s successor and have tied him down to the club with a new contract which has a 400 million release clause. This shows that the club has immense faith in the 17-year-old and he’s repaying the faith with good performances. Koeman heaped praises upon the player saying,

"“I had criticised him against Elche but today I told him he had a great game, he was very direct and we made the most of his quality.”He went on to add, “He’s a young player who has to look to perform consistently and he showed he had a great future and I’m so happy after his game today.”Source Goal"

It seems like Messi has also influenced the forward a lot as he said in the post-match interview,

"“Playing with Messi is a dream I had since I was a child and now I am living it, He gives me a lot of advice, he helps me a lot on the pitch and in training, but away from it too, and that makes me very happy. I want to keep improving every day, to continue to learn from my team-mates because they are the best around and they are trying to help me every day.”"

This is exactly what the club needed, a legend like Messi mentoring a homebred talent who may go on to fill in his boots once he retires. Should Fati keep performing like the way he did in the last match, there is no doubt that he can go on to become one of Barcelona’s greatest of all time.

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