Ansu Fati, born on October 31, 2002, is a Spanish footballer who plays forward for Barcelona in La Liga and the Spanish national team. He was born in Guinea-Bissau but decided to play for Spain’s national team after becoming a Spanish citizen. He is widely recognized as one of Spain;s most promising football players, as well as one of the world’s most gifted young players. We are proud of his accomplishments so far and are delighted to take the time to celebrate him on his special day today.
Anssumane “Ansu” Fati Vieira
Ansu, Jewel of La Masia
October 31, 2002
Anssumane “Ansu” Fati Vieira was born on October 31, 2002. With his parents and two brothers (Braima and Miguel), he moved to Herrera, Seville when he was six years old. At 10, Ansu Fati joined Barcelona’s La Masia in 2012, after playing for local side Herrera and Sevilla’s minor squads. His brother had made a similar move the year before.
On July 24, 2019, Ansu Fati signed his first professional deal with Barcelona, which runs until 2022. He made his first-team and La Liga debut on August 25, 2019, before appearing with the reserves. He became the club’s second youngest player when he debuted at 16. He scored his first professional goal in a 2–2 tie against Barcelona and Osasuna on August 31, 2019. He made his Champions League debut on September 17, 2019 in a 0–0 draw against Borussia Dortmund (the second largest sports club in Germany in terms of membership), becoming Barcelona’s youngest player in the league. He was given the number 10 shirt on September 1, 2021 when Lionel Messi left the club.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation expressed interest in him after his debut in La Liga. Ansu Fati was granted Spanish citizenship on September 20, 2019. On October 15, 2019, Ansu Fati made his debut for Spain’s under-21 squad against Montenegro. He was called up to the entire Spain squad for the first two matches of the 2020–21 U.E.F.A. Nations League on August 20, 2020. He made his full international debut on September 3, 2020.
After representing local side Herrera and the youth teams of Sevilla, he joins Barcelona’s La Masia at age 10.
Fati signs his first professional contract with Barcelona, which is valid until 2022.
In the final game of the Group Stage, Fati scores against Internazionale at the San Siro, an unprecedented feat in the history of the Champions League.
He makes his full international debut by coming off the bench for the second 45 minutes in a 1–1 draw with Germany.
He acquires the number 10 shirt after Messi (who has worn it since 2008) departs the club.
Having scored twice against Levante, he becomes the youngest player ever to score a brace in league history.
Why We Love Ansu Fati
His playing style
Ansu Fati’s playing style has been compared to that of former Barcelona player Messi, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s most gifted and promising young players. He is a versatile forward who can play in any attacking position. He began his career as a striker but was subsequently transferred to the left winger position.
He’s from a star family
Fati is not the only gifted footballer in the family; his two brothers play for Barca. Brahima, 21, is on loan from the Camp Nou to Calahorra, while his younger brother Thiago Messi, Lionel’s son, plays in the same La Masia youth team. In his youth, his father was also a football player.
He’s a Barca star
It’s inspiring to hear how Messi, Puyol, Eto’o, and Pique speak about him. We all know how much Barcelona fans adore him, whom he says he loves too.
5 Surprising Facts
He almost signed up with Real Madrid
Ansu Fati was on the verge of joining Real Madrid but his father preferred Barcelona, so the family decided to stay put.
His boots “were a mess”
In an unfinished tournament in Russia in 2019, Victor Valdez (Fati’s coach at Barcelona Juvenil) found the latter’s boots “a mess,” so he bought him new ones.
500,000 followers in two days
Fati’s Instagram account gained about 500,000 followers in just two days after his first day at Barca.
His personal advisor
His personal advisor is Messi’s elder brother, Rodrigo.
Mendes is interested
Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, is allegedly interested in working for Fati.
Ansu Fati FAQs
Does Ansu Fati have a car?
Yes, he has a Cupra.
Did Ansu Fati suffer any serious injury?
Fati suffered serious injury when he broke his right tibia and fibula in a match in the Infantil A against Espanyol; despite being sidelined for 10 months, he came back a stronger player.
Where did ‘Vieira’ come from?
When Fati became a Spanish national, he added ‘Vieira,’ his maternal surname.
Ansu Fati’s birthday dates