Ansu Fati and Pedri are among Barcelona’s most important players at the moment. Even though we are talking about two 18-year-old players, they are so undeniably good that the world has already taken notice.
Not only that but now that Transfermarkt’s market values have been updated on 5 January, the duo have become the most valuable 18-year-olds on the planet.
At the start of the season, Pedri was only valued at €15m but following a series of excellent performances, he now sits at €50m, the same as well-established stars like Philippe Coutinho and Eden Hazard.
Fati, on the other hand, is leading the way with his incredible figure of €80m and he is, at the moment, the most valuable 18-year-old player in the world of football.
It should also be mentioned that Pedri is sharing the second place with Eduardo Camavinga but that won’t really diminish his success.
Needless to say, if they can keep this level up and even improve as time goes on, Barcelona have found the stars that will lead the future generation of the Azulgranas. But this comes as no surprise since the Catalans were always at their best when they trusted the youth to shine when given the chance.
And now, years after the golden generation of La Masia, we may finally be witnessing something similar once more.
With them, the future looks bright.
Ilaix Moriba speaks following his first screamer goal for Barcelona
Ilaix Moriba has scored his first goal for Barcelona in stunning fashion. The teenager came on as a substitute against Osasuna and linked up with Lionel Messi to get off the mark for the club.
After enjoying a wonderful time with the first team in this past month and a half, making his senior debut against Cornella in the Copa del Rey, the midfielder has gone from strength to strength. He made
Moriba replaced Sergio Busquets in the 67th minute for his fifth appearance of the season. In the final moments of the game, linked up with Lionel Messi, feinted onto his left foot before unleashing a fierce left footed shot into the top corner.
Ronald Koeman was full of praise for the youngster after his cameo against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey in midweek, and his faith in the Barça B youngster has once again paid major dividends.
The 18-year-old’s goal sealed an eighth away win of the league campaign for Barcelona, after Jordi Alba opened the scoring in the first half with a magnificent finish from a stellar lobbed through pass from Messi.
“I will never forget this moment until I die. This is where Ansu scored too. He is like a brother to me, he is from the family,” said Moriba in the post-match interview (via BarçaTV+).
Moriba added: “I want to dedicate this goal to my father and La Masia where I have learned a lot from.”
Barcelona grabbed all three points at El Sadar against a tough Osasuna side to move within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. The Catalans will now be hoping that the Madrid derby tomorrow will help them close the gap at the top even further.
Ilaix is also confident that they still have a chance for the title: “La Liga isn’t over for us. We will fight till the end. That is the DNA they taught us at La Masia.”