Crazy Ball – Ansu Fati was rejected by Man of the Match despite appearing brilliantly in the Barcelona match against Villarreal, because he is still 17 years old.
This is the start of a brilliant career for Ronald Koeman as Barca coach, after his team won 4-0 over Villarreal in the inaugural match of the season, Sunday evening local time or Monday (28/9) WIB.
The match against Villarreal is also the first competitive match since they were humiliated by Bayern Munich, 2-8, in the Champions League quarter-final last month. The score was claimed to be the worst result in the history of Barcelona, so the result against Villarreal this morning seemed to be a potent medicine for Lionel Messi and his friends to forget the defeat.
Messi, who made no secret of his desire to leave Barca at the end of last season, started up front, while Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann played right behind him.
However, it was Ansu who caught the eye in that match, where he scored the first two league goals at the start of the Koeman era, before winning a penalty which Messi had executed, and all before half-time.
The 17-year-old Guinea-Bissau-born boy, who broke a number of records on his debut with the first-team squad last season, finished off Jordi Alba's cut-back as he netted his first goal in the 14th minute.
Four minutes later, Ansu Fati scored again. Calmly, he managed to complete Coutinho's pass which was unable to be dammed by Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo and gave Barca a 2-0 lead.
The Spain international then won a penalty, which Messi put to good use and Barcelona came back ahead, 3-0, in the 35th minute. Barca also closed the match with a score of 4-0, after Pau Torres scored an own goal by sending Messi's cross into his own net in the final minutes of the first half.
Although it must be admitted that Messi contributed to this victory, there is no doubt who is the star. Ansu, who was replaced by Ousmane Dembele in the second half, has all it takes to become a superstar in world football.
For some 'crazy' reason
But, even though he performed brilliantly in the match against Villarreal, the teenager full of sensation had to miss the Man of the Match award, or 'King of the Match' – as it is called in Spain, for a KILLER REASON, it says Get Spanish Football News, as reported Give Me Sport.
Jordi Alba finally gave the “King of the Match” award at the Barcelona match against Villarreal, because the award was sponsored by a beer company, Budweiser. Meanwhile, Ansu Fati, who will only turn 18 years old at the end of October 2020, is not old enough to consume alcoholic beverages.
This meant that Ansu could not be selected for the King of the Match award, and the match committee turned it over to Alba. Although, of course, Ansu still has many opportunities to win the award in the future.
Christian Pulisic also experienced a similar experience when he was defending Borussia Dortmund in 2018. When he was named Man of the Match after scoring two goals against Liverpool, the United States international was rejected, because the award was sponsored by Heineken. At that time he was 20 years old, while the legal drinking age in the United States is 21.
Source: Ansu Fati Rejected as Man of The Match in Barcelona vs Villarreal
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