Ansu Fati continues to be the mirror of all the kids at La Masia, as when he debuted in 2019, at the age of 16. Then he continued to pass through the Culé residence every day, where he lived for a short time, but continued to live during the day. And there he coincided with Gavi, who had just turned 15, and the other homegrown players and his entire generation. For all of them, Ansu was the dream come true of the ‘older brother’ and the fact of having him close every afternoon made them believe that they could get to step on the Camp Nou. Fati continued eating at La Masia, sharing jokes, laughter and games in the goals of field 9, next to the tent. Those pachangas that continue to be organized after the afternoon reinforcement classes, before youth soccer training, from cadet down. The current 10 of Barça continued to enter them, playing around like when he was a member of the Juvenile the previous year. Why would it change? It was the same as always, the only difference was the pitch. From the Ciutat Esportiva to the Camp Nou. Almost nothing.
Ansu’s match against Levante
Ansu was still a normal guy, who knew where he came from. That is why he did not miss a single Barça B game at the Johan Cruyff or even witnessed many of the Juvenil A matches live, the team that was his age at that time. And that humility, that demystification of the last great step, was an example that he also transmitted to the kids who were climbing. Like Gavi, with whom he has always maintained a very good relationship although they had only met on a pitch in the pachangas of La Masia. And from the goals of field 9, from wanting to be like Ansu, to playing together at the Camp Nou in the forward’s redebut after 10 months of ordeal due to his injury.
Hand in hand with Nico and Eric
Two of those who appear in the iconic photo of the celebration of Ansu Fati’s goal against Levante are Nico González and Eric Garcia. The Galician youth squad is of the same generation as Ansu Fati, from 2002, although they had always played together in the team one year older. They have grown personally and soccer together and have been able to fulfill the dream of playing at the Camp Nou.
As with Eric Garcia, despite the fact that the center-back left after finishing the Cadet stage. Ansu was one of his great friends in the dressing room and they maintained the relationship during the defender’s stage in Manchester. They had already played together in the national team, but now they can fulfill their great goal: to make history at Barça. Ansu, Nico, Eric. And Gavi. The four of them