Barcelona star Ansu Fati becomes Champions League’s youngest goalscorer

Barcelona star Ansu Fati becomes Champions League’s youngest goalscorer

The Spanish leaders beat the Italian leaders Inter Milan.

One away player broke a significant UCL record.

Already the youngest La Liga goalscorer in Barcelona’s storied history, teenage forward Ansu Fati has grabbed another record. Fati has now become the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Champions League.

Barcelona were already through to the knockout stages as Group F winners and they left six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi at home. But Serie A leaders Inter Milan needed a win over the La Liga leaders or to match Borussia Dortmund’s result at home to Slavia Prague to qualify on their superior head-to-head record.

The youngster forward hit a late winner as the Serie A side were knocked out of the tournament. Fati, aged 17 years and 40 days, beat Samir Handanovic with a precise drive to grab yet another record. So instead, the Germans made it through to the knockout rounds with a 2-1 win to finish three points ahead of third-placed Inter Milan, who go into the Europa League.

He was already the youngest La Liga goalscorer for Barca and the club’s youngest player to feature in the Champions League. Earlier this month, the Spanish club rewarded him with a new contract that runs until June 2022, increasing his release clause from €100 million to €170 million. When Fati signs full-time professional terms the release clause will rise again, standing at a whopping €400 million.

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