Barcelona’s teenage wonderkid Ansu Fati stole the show again as the LaLiga champions secured a convincing victory over Valencia at the Nou Camp.
The 16-year-old became Barca’s youngest ever debutant earlier this season and then become their youngest ever goalscorer before the international break when he netted against Osasuna.
That strike earned him a place in the starting XI against Valencia and he certainly took his chance – needing less than two minutes to open the scoring with a strong finish after a darting run into the box.
He then returned the favour to Frenkie De Jong and provided the assist for the Dutchman to double Barcelona‘s lead just four minutes later.
Lionel Messi was again missing with a calf injury and watching the game from the stands.
But it appears Barca may have unearthed their future talisman in Guinea-Bissau-born Fati, who joined the club’s famous La Masia academy when he was ten.
Just six years later and he’s a first-team player, goalscorer and club record-breaker.
Being 2-0 down after seven minutes was not the start Valencia needed after a turbulent week that saw head coach Marcelino axed by owner Peter Lim and Albert Celades installed in his place.
Kevin Gameiro gave visiting fans something to cheer about, though, when he pulled a goal back in the 27th minute.
But despite Messi’s absence, Barca had no trouble creating chances as Gerard Pique netted in the second half and substitute Luis Suarez came off the bench to score two brilliant goals.
There was still time for substitute Maximiliano Gomez to grab a second for Valencia but it did not take the gloss off a second victory in LaLiga this season for Barca.
You can watch all the goals, including Fati’s strike and assist, in the video below.