Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati became the second youngest player ever to represent Spain’s National Football team when he came on as a substitute in the second half against Germany in the UEFA Nations League.
Fati, who came on to replace the quick-fire winger Jesus Navas in the second half, is 17 years and 308 days old which makes him the youngest player ever to represent Spain since Angel Zubieta who made his debut against Czechoslovakia for Spain in 1936 aged 17 years and 284 days.
The youngster made his debut at just 16 years 298 days on August 25 2019 for Barcelona against Real Betis. Since then he has made 33 appearances for the club in all competition scoring 8 goals in his maiden season.
Fati almost grabbed a debut goal finishing neatly from a Dani Carvajal cross only to be ruled out for offside. Spain ended up drawing 1-1 against Germany as new Chelsea star Timo Werner opened the scoring only to be equalised by Jose Gaya in stoppage time as both the teams earned a point each.
Manchester City’s Ferran Torres and highly rated Real Sociedad midfielder Mikel Merino joined Fati to make their senior team debuts in the UEFA Nations League.
Fati’s Barcelona teammate Riqui Puig too added a maiden international cap to his name for Spain U-21s with a 1-0 win over North Macedonia.