Lamine Yamal stole all the headlines despite Barcelona’s formidable 4-0 victory over Real Betis.
After coming on as a late substitute, the youngster became the youngest player to represent Barcelona and the fifth youngest overall in the history of La Liga. He also mesmerised the onlookers with his skills and quick feet, leaving even Xavi Hernandez impressed.
After the game, Yamal spoke of his debut, revealing how he felt a mixed bag of emotions after making his debut.
“There were so many emotions when I came on. It was incredible to see the Spotify Camp Nou from the pitch. Little by little I got over my nerves and tried to feel as comfortable as possible,” Yamal said (h/t BarçaTV+).
Despite featuring just ten minutes, Yamal attempted two dribbles and one shot, accumulating an Expected Goals (xG) tally of 0.28, which was higher than the entire Real Betis side throughout the ninety minutes.
Speaking of his record, Yamal added, “My teammates also helped me a lot and I’m grateful to them. I’m very happy that I broke the record, but I want to break many more.”
Yamal’s impressive debut is an excellent sign for Barcelona in these final stages of the season. With Xavi comparing the youngster to Lionel Messi in the post-game presser, there is no doubt that the 15-year-old will receive more opportunities in the coming weeks.
In fact, there might be calls for his start in Barcelona’s next game against CA Osasuna. It could prove to be an excellent opportunity for the young athlete to further stamp his authority and become a trusted option for Xavi ahead of the new season, especially with the likes of Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati facing an uncertain future at the club.