90PLUS | Ansu Fati the Messi successor? “Nobody will be like Leo”


News | Ansu Fati has extended his contract with FC Barcelona until 2027. The Catalans’ new number 10 spoke at the accompanying press conference about the pressure to have taken over the shirt number from Lionel Messi.

FC Barcelona: Ansu Fati feels no pressure

Of the FC Barcelona announced shortly after their home win against Dynamo Kiev (1-0) in the Champions League that Ansu Fati (18) Will wear the Barça shirt for the long term. The top talent is now tied to the Catalans until summer 2027. In his contract is a release clause amounting to one billion euros.

The official press conference on the contract extension followed on Thursday afternoon. president Joan Laporta (59) spoke of a “great day”. This was an extremely important step for Barcelona, ​​as he not only fits the club as a player, but also as a person. “At 18 years of age, he is incredibly mature. He is called to achieve many successes and to achieve fame, ”said Laporta, who described the 18-year-old as the“ present and future ”of the association (quotes via Mark).

The player said he had told his agent Jorge Mendes from the start that Barcelona would remain the first option. There were definitely other offers.

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The pressure from outside is likely to be immense, since the 18-year-old has left Lionel Messi (34) is the new number 10 in Barcelona. Comparisons between the two players have been drawn for a long time. “Leo and other players wore this number, but I’m calm. I know what I can give to the team and what I can contribute to the game, “said Ansu Fati, adding:” I don’t feel any pressure, although many things are being said. Nobody will be like Leo. “

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He is grateful that the captains offered him the jersey number. The top talent perceives this fact as “motivation”. When he talked to Messi about it, he didn’t want to answer.

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