Lamine Yamal became Barcelona’s youngest-ever player to feature in a competitive match as they beat Real Betis 4-0.
The player who is just 15 years old played as Barcelona beat Real Betis to extend their lead in the La Liga to 11 points.
Yamal who is an academy product and will turn 16 in July, replaced Gavi in the 84th minute as the league leaders already had the match in locks.
Lamine Yamal becomes the youngest player to play for Barcelona in La Liga at just 15 years and 290 days old.
Barcelona won the match with goals from Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Guido Rodríguez’s own goal.
Mallorca’s Luka Romero remains the youngest player to feature in La Liga when he came on against Real Madrid in 2020, aged 15 years and 219 days.
Yamal, who has been described as “fearless” by Xavi, was first included in the starting lineup for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid last Sunday.
Funnily, Real Betis winger Joaquin, 41, who played in the match had already made 215 La Liga appearances when Yamal was born.
During the game, Christensen scored the first goal for Barcelona and his first goal for the club after he headed in Raphinha’s in-swinging cross from six yards out.
Edgar Gonzalez, who was brought in as a substitute for Real Betis, was sent off in the 33rd minute after collecting two yellow cards in quick succession.
Attacking powerhouse Robert Lewandowski also converted Jules Kounde’s cross three minutes later to double the hosts’ lead.
Just before half-time, former Leeds United star Raphinha added a third following a lengthy VAR check on the offside mark.
Ansu Fati’s cross was miscalculated and it turned out to be an own goal in the 82nd minute to ensure the hosts take all three points.
Lamine Yamal Nasraoui Ebana (born 13 July 2007) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Barcelona.
Lamine Yamal Nasraoui Ebana is a Spanish footballer who was born on 13 July 2007 and plays as a forward for La Liga club Barcelona.
Yamal showed he is one of the academy’s best prospects and grew through the ranks of La Masia.
He was selected by Barca boss Xavi for the 2022/23 season after proving that he was above his age grade.
Yamal was first selected by Xavi to train with the first team along with other youngsters in early September 2022.
He is however yet to sign his professional contract with Barcelona but he has shown prospects that impressed the Catalan coach.
How Good Is Lamine Yamal?
Yamal is a left-footed forward with an enormous amount of great dribbling, passing and scoring abilities.
The youngster is able to play as a center-forward, an attacking midfielder or a winger, mostly on the right flank.
Lamine Yamal is being compared to Barcelona legend Lionel Messi – who is also a graduate of La Masia – due to his technical profile.
Will Yamal live up to the reputation he is getting now as he is being likened to Lionel Messi? Are we going to see another great player in Yamal?