IVAN RAKITIC suggestions Ansu Fati to turn into LaLiga’s high star – however hopes Lionel Messi has “a few years left” as the principle man.
Ivan Rakitic, seen with Ansu Fati and Jean-Clair Tobido whereas with Barcelona final season, has recognized the Spain teenager as a particular expertiseCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Lionel Messi, 33, may finally get replaced as Nou Camp king by Ansu Fati, 18Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
And regardless of the Croatia legend, 32, becoming a member of Sevilla in the summertime, he nonetheless names Fati as “probably the most unimaginable expertise in comparison with the remainder”.
The Guinea-Bissau-born teen turned Barca’s youngest ever scorer in August 2019, aged 16 years and 304 days.
He has since turn into the youngest participant to attain and bag an help in LaLiga, in addition to being the Champions League’s most youthful debutant, at 16 years and 321 days in December final yr.
However he might be out till March following knee surgical procedure two months in the past.
And it nonetheless appears a lifetime away for Fati to even consider rivalling Messi, 33, who notched his 644th Barca goal on Tuesday, breaking the one-club record held by Pele with Santos.
However Rakitic has seen sufficient to determine Fati as out on his personal in Spain’s new era.
He instructed LiveScore and LaLiga: “I believe Ansu Fati, who’s unfortunately injured at the moment, is the one with probably the most unimaginable expertise in comparison with the remainder.
“I performed with him for a time at Barcelona. He has been unfortunate together with his present harm, however I hope he can return as quickly as doable.
“For me, he’s a boy who generally is a nice participant for Spanish soccer and I’m certain that many individuals, together with me, will take pleasure in Ansu enjoying on the highest stage for a very long time.”
However switching to Messi, Rakitic careworn: “I hope he has a few years left and that he decides what’s greatest for him and for Barcelona.
“I spent six unimaginable years enjoying with him at Barcelona and it’s actually unimaginable to have performed with him and to be in the identical staff.
“So I hope he can keep at Barcelona for a lot of extra years.”
Ansu Fati is perhaps out till March after knee surgical procedure two months in the pastCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty