Ansu Fati's first coach: "I've never seen anything like him in 50 years"
Barcelona's latest sensation "doesn't fear anybody" and has a "huge personality" according to the director of the Herrera football academy in Seville.
Ansu Fati made his debut for the Barcelona first team on Sunday against Betis at just 16-years-old. His very first coach, José Luis Pérez Mena, who worked with him in Seville, said the day after Fati's debut that in his entire coaching career he'd never seen "anybody like him".
Ansu Fati not even nervous ahead of Barcelona debut
Speaking to agency EFE, the director of the Herrera football academy in Seville, which has trained players who have gone on to play for professional clubs throughout Spain and beyond, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, highlighted Ansu Fati's strength of character. "Before the game, when I spoke to him, he wasn't even nervous".
Pérez Mena recalled when Fati arrived at the football academy in 2007. "In Guinea he was used to playing with balls made of rags, but when he got a real ball for the first time it was incredible to see him". The youngster made an instant impact, playing against boys older than him, and leading to scouts from various teams coming regularly to Herrera to see him.
"I've been in the football game for 50 years and I've never seen anything like him" said the director. "He's got huge personality, he doesn't fear anyone and you only need to see him on the pitch to see that", said Pérez Mena.
Ansu Fati: The day I'll remember for the rest of my life
The young Barcelona star published the following post on his Instagram account after making his debut in the 5-2 win over Betis.
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GRÀCIES A TOTS !! El dia d'ahir el recordaré tota la meva vida. El somni de qualsevol noi de la Masia: debutar al Camp Nou .. Compartir vestidor amb els millors jugadors del món va ser una experiència inoblidable. Només tinc paraules d'agraïment cap a ells per la seva excel·lent acollida. Res d'això hagués estat possible sense la meva família. Sense el seu suport diari i incondicional. Gràcies igualment a la Masia, la millor escola de futbol del món. Als meus companys i entrenadors que m'han ensenyat valors que sempre m'acompanyaran. Em comprometo a continuar amb humilitat, treball i els peus a terra. Visca el Barça !! 🔵🔴 —————————————- GRACIAS A TODOS !! El día de ayer lo recordaré toda mi vida. El sueño de cualquier chico de la Masía: debutar en el Camp Nou.. Compartir vestuario con los mejores jugadores del mundo fue una experiencia inolvidable. Sólo tengo palabras de agradecimiento hacia ellos por su excelente acogida. Nada de esto hubiera sido posible sin mi familia. Sin su apoyo diario e incondicional. Gracias igualmente a la Masía,la mejor escuela de fútbol del mundo. A mis compañeros y entrenadores que me han enseñado valores que siempre me acompañaran. Me comprometo a seguir con humildad, trabajo y los pies en el suelo. Visca el Barça !! ———————————- THANKS TO EVERYONE !! Yesterday I will remember all my life. The dream of any boy in the Masía: debut at the Camp Nou .. Sharing costumes with the best players in the world was an unforgettable experience. I only have words of thanks to them for their excellent reception. Nothing of this would have been possible without my family. Without their daily and unconditional support. Thanks also to the Masía, the best soccer school in the world. To my colleagues and coaches who have taught me values that will always accompany me. I promise to continue with humility, work and feet on the ground. Visca el Barça !!
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