Ansu Fati, 16-year-old, tipped as Lionel Messi's heir at Barcelona

Ansu Fati, 16-year-old, tipped as Lionel Messi's heir at Barcelona

- Ansu Fati is regarded as the heir to Lionel Messi when the Barcelona captain finally retires

- The 16-year-old has produced some remarkable performances since the start of the season

- Ansu became Barcelona's best youngest performer in the Champions League against Dortmund

Ansu Fati has become a household name in Barcelona and has been tipped to be the next Lionel Messi.

The 16-year-old who hails from Guinea-Bissau has won many hearts around the world with his eye-catching performances for La Blaugrana this season.

Ansu has already notched up two goals in four games for Barca and became the youngest ever scorer of the club when he came off the bench to score against Osasuna in late August.

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The youngster made his Champions League debut against Dortmund and he was the youngest ever player in Barcelona's star-studded squad on the night.

Without wasting no time, the Spanish champions have place an £88.6million release clause on his contract to protect him from top European clubs.

Ansu did not become a rising star overnight, he won the U-8 title while playing for Sevilla and at the age of ten, he moved to Barcelona.

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He formed a strike partnership with Take Kubo, who left Barca to play for Real Madrid, and he once scored 56 goals in one season.

In last season's UEFA Youth League, Ansu scored four goals and provided three assists in nine games and he was immediately promoted to Ernesto Valverde's side this season.

The boy from Guinea-Bissau now wants to play for Spain and has applied for a passport, but he is also eligible to play for Portugal.

Ansu has been tipped to make Spain's squad to the U-17 World Cup slated for Brazil in October 26 to November 17 but could face club versus country war.

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