Ansu Fati was two years old when Sergio Ramos’ Spain journey began, but both were breaking records on Sunday evening as La Roja beat Ukraine 4-0 at Real Madrid’s Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
The defender became international football’s highest scoring defender, while the teenager became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer.
Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona, he has claimed that “there is no project” at Barcelona and he will spend next season without Neymar and Luis Suarez as well.
But Ansu Fati might just be what the Argentine needs.
The Spaniard isn’t a superstar yet, but his emergence a year ago as a 16-year-old grabbed attention and he has continued to improve since then.
Maybe Ansu can be the man to convince Messi that Barcelona have something to look forward to.
Fati’s first half against Spain would have had supporters standing in front of their sofas as he won a penalty and scored his own fine goal, even trying an overhead kick as well.
His level dropped in the second half, but he did a full night’s work in the first 45 minutes.
Pau Torres was one of the best players on the pitch on Sunday and he’s been one of the revelations of this international period.
Spain haven’t had a reliable partner for Sergio Ramos at the back in Gerard Pique’s retirement, but they might just have found their man in the form of the Villarreal defender.
As many as six players made their debuts in the last two games, showing that Luis Enrique is filtering in the new blood.
Spain’s attack on Sunday ended up being Ansu (17 years old), Dani Olmo (22) and Ferran Torres (20), with the latter also scoring his first Spain goal late on.
Sergio Reguilon impressed at full-back, as did Mikel Merino in the middle.