Football fans across the world, especially Barcelona fans have been having sleepless nights over the future of the club when Lionel Messi retires but with the master class display from Barca youth team players like Ansu Fati, Moussa Wague, Jean Clair Todibo, Carles Alena and Carles Perez, against Italian league toppers, Inter Milan, it is safe to say that the future of Barcelona is rest assured.
This article takes a profile look at these young, talented, vibrate and success hungry players and how they made their ways into the Barcelona senior team.
First on the list is, Todibo Jean-Clair.
Todibo is a French defender who was born on the 30th of December 1999 and he wears the iconic number 6 jersey for Barca, a jersey once won by legend, Xavi Hernandez.
In 2016, he signed for French team, Toulouse where he played until 2018 before capturing the attention of Barcelona. On the 8th of January 2019, the player signed an official contract with Barcelona to becoming the 22nd French player to play for the team.
Todibo made his debut against SD Huesca on the 13th of April in a match that ended 0 – 0. He also debuted for the French Under-20 team in November 2018.
Todibo has so far played four matches for Barcelona this season, with no goal or assist. He has the 2018/2019 Spanish League in his trophy cabinet for the club.
Next on the list of the future players for Barcelona is, Carles Perez.
Perez is a Spanish winger who was born in Spain on the 16th of February 1998. Perez joined the Barcelona youth team, La Masia in 2012 and went on to play 55 games and scoring 13 goals for Barca B before being promoted to the senior team.
Perez who made his first team debut on 19th May 2019 in a 2 – 2 draw against Eibar scored his first goal against Real Betis on the 25th of August 2019.
The player also netted his first Champions League goal yesterday against Inter Milan.
Up next is Senegalese defender, Moussa Wague.
Moussa Wague was born on the 4th of October 1998 in Senegal, to a Senegalese parents and he rocks the number 16 jersey for Barcelona.
In August 2018, Wague signed a 5m Euro contract with Barcelona after a wonderful display at the Russia 2018 World Cup with Senegal.
Wague played 20 games and scored 2 goals for Barca B before being promoted to the senior side where he has made 4 appearances with no goal or assist.
The Senegalese defender made his senior team debut on March 6th 2019 in a Catalan Super Cup match where he played all 90 minutes. He made his first official debut against SD Huesca.
The 21 year old defender has featured for his national team side in 18 different matches and scoring one goal in the process.
Carles Alena Castillo is another promising Barcelona youngster.
Born on the 5th of January 1998, Carles Alena is a Spanish central midfielder who used to wear the jersey number 19 before the arrival of De Jong who took the number from him and now wears number 21.
Alena joined La Masia at age seven and gradually promoted to Barca B where he played 83 games, scoring 18 goals in the process. He has played 22 games for the senior team and netting twice.
In April 2017, Alena made his La Liga debut against Granada and he presently has a 75m Euro buyout clause. In 2018, he was nominated for the Golden Boy Award.
He scored his first goal for Barcelona against Villareal at Camp Nou after an assist from Lionel Messi. His father, Francesc was also a striker who played in the 80’s and 90’s.
Alena has the La Liga and Copa Del Rey trophies to show for his hard work.
Last but not the least is the rave of the moment and the youngest of them all, Ansu Fati.
Ansu Fati was born in October 2002 Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau. At the tender age of 6, he moved with his family to Spain after one of his brothers, Braima got signed by Sevilla.
Ansu joined Barcelona at the age of 10 after his father, Bori Fati took him for trial at La Masia. He is one of the very few players who didn’t play for the Barca B team before joining the senior team, because of his talent and quality.
Ansu has gone on to break many Barcelona records in term of age since he made his debut for the team against Real Betis this year. Ansu Fati was awarded Spanish citizenship in September 2019 and by October 2019, he got called up to the Spanish Under-21 National team.
The young player has so far scored 3 goals in 12 games for the Catalan side.
Just yesterday in a Champions League match against Inter Milan, Ansu became the youngest player in the history of the prestigious competition to score a goal at the tender age of 17 and 40 days.
With these young players doing wonders when given the opportunity and their wonderful display against Inter Milan, one can say with some level of assurance and confidence that Barcelona indeed has a future in football once Lionel Messi hangs his golden boots.