Ansu Fati

Barcelona veteran fullback Dani Alves has warned youngster Ansu Fat against allowing fame to get into his head.

Fati is set to make a playing return from a long-term injury this month and while Alves predicts a bright future for the youngster, he advised that he should keep his head down if he is to succeed.

“Ansu was born to score goals. From afar, he reminds me of Samuel Eto’o. He’s a machine who can destroy defenses. I think he can mark the next era too, a special history at Barcelona. It will depend, like the other youngsters, if he takes the right road and optimizes his qualities. Fame is the biggest distraction there is in life.

“You have to be able to control it,” Alves said.

The 19-year-old has recently been back in training after recovering from the hamstring problem that he picked up during the Copa del Rey contest with Athletic Bilbao in January.

Fati has scored 18 goals and registered six assists in 53 appearances for his current side since making his debut in 2019. He had been in impressive form upon his return earlier this season, scoring five times and registering one assist in 10 outings in 2021-22.

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