Lamine Yamal has an angel. He is touched by a magic wand. He broke several precocity records at the speed of light with FC Barcelona, but now he’s doing it with the Spanish national team too. He was called up to the senior national team by Luis de la Fuente and made his debut this Saturday against Georgia and completed the victory (1:7).
In three years he has gone from being a player in Barça’s infantil team to being a player in the first team. Since taking charge of the Blaugrana’s first team, Xavi Hernández has reinforced one idea: he does not pay attention to the age of footballers, but only to their performance. That’s why they already chose him last year, giving him his debut against Betis and making him the youngest footballer in FC Barcelona’s history to play in an official match.
This summer he was part of the first team squad on the pre-season tour of the United States and was crowned with a real performance in the Joan Gamper Trophy against Tottenham: He entered the field in the 80th minute and was involved in Barça’s last three goals, with which he came back the result for Londoners.
With Barça and the “Roja”
That is his achievement Xavi gave him minutes in the first four days of the national competition, past Ansu Fati (already on loan at Brighton), Ferran Torres and even Raphinha. His imbalance, his understanding of the game and his cohesion with his teammates have made him one of the revelations of the season. In fact, he won the award for Best U23 player in August.
Some achievements that did not go unnoticed by Spanish coach Luis de la Fuente His pulse did not tremble to summon him to this window of international meetingsQualification for Euro 2024. And the Barça youth player agreed to it, just like Gavi did with Luis Enrique.
Records and more records
In less than five months, he has already broken a long list of records and many more are within reach. At the moment he has not yet managed to score with Barça, although he has come close several times. He even hit the crossbar against Villarreal.
If he scores next month, he will become the youngest goalscorer in LaLiga history, surpassing Fabrice Olinga, when he scored a goal with Málaga in 2012. There are five games left to achieve this goal: Betis, Celta de Vigo, Mallorca, Sevilla and Granada. In return, he would become the youngest goalscorer in Barça’s history.
Regarding the Champions League, has the entire season ahead of him to surpass Ansu Fati’s recordwhen he scored against Inter Milan in the group stage of the 2019/20 season. To achieve this, they first have to play six games against Antwerp, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Below is the breakdown of all the records Lamine Yamal holds with FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team:
- Youngest debutant at FC Barcelona: 15 years and 290 days (Betis). At 16 years and 280 days, he surpasses Vicenç Martínez Alama.
- Youngest debutant at Barça Atlètic: 15 years and 297 days (Eldense). At 15 years and 349 days, he surpasses Alejandro Grimaldo.
- Youngest LaLiga champion: 15 years and 305 days (Espanyol). At 17 years and 51 days, he surpasses Marc Muniesa.
- Youngest starter at FC Barcelona: 16 years and 38 days (Cádiz). At 16 years and 112 days he surpasses Fabrice.
- Youngest assistant in LaLiga in the 21st century: 16 years and 45 days (Villarreal). At 16 years and 311 days, he surpasses Juanmi Jiménez.
- Youngest debutant for the Spanish national team: 16 years and 57 days (Georgia). At 17 years and 62 days, he surpasses Gavi.
- Youngest goalscorer in the Spanish national team: 16 years and 57 days (Georgia). At 17 years and 304 days, he surpasses Gavi.
And these are the records that could soon be broken:
- Youngest goalscorer at FC Barcelona: Ansu Fati (Osasuna), 16 years and 304 days old.
- Youngest goalscorer in LaLiga: Fabrice Olinga (Celta de Vigo), 16 years and 98 days old.
- Youngest goalscorer in the Champions League: Ansu Fati (Inter Milan): 17 years and 40 days.