Iker Bravo

The goal scored by the young striker Iker Bravo for Bayer Leverkusen’s U19 team spread like wildfire this weekend. An overhead kick that confirms the quality of the former Barcelona player who has had a spectacular start to the season in Germany.

It’s nothing new because Bravo was doing the same every weekend at La Masia and for the Spanish national team, which makes his departure last summer completely incomprehensible after he failed to agree a contract renewal with Barça.

It’s evident that he’s much better paid at Bayer than he would have been at Barça, but his exit was more down to sporting reasons, with the Bundesliga presenting a better project with quicker progression to the first team.

In January, Bravo will turn 17 and no one would be surprised to see him debut for the first team before the season over because he has the makings of a top player.

Barça got it right with Gavi, with Ilaix and with Ansu, but, in this case, they committed a huge mistake and that is the sensation among those inside the club, too, with those who run the academt. A serious error and a footballer to keep an eye on.


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