[WATCH] Barcelona teen displays exquisite touch during UCL victory.
Nico Gonzalez, a 19-year-old midfielder for Barcelona, is having a breakout season with the Catalan giants and was picked in the starting XI for the team’s 1-0 Champions League triumph over Dynamo Kiev.
Nico came close to scoring as too, but his effort was blocked by teammate Memphis Depay in Ukraine. He did, however, capture the eye with a moment of true wizardry when he casually controlled a long ball out of defense, as Masian demonstrated.
Nico’s mdrrr control pic.twitter.com/lwz1dcuKC1
November 2, 2021 — Masian (@MasianFcb)
Nico made his 10th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions on Tuesday, and his inclusion in the starting XI helped the Catalans create a new Champions League record, according to Opta.
3 – With Gavi (17 years and 89 days), Ansu Fati (19 and 2), and Nicolas Gonzalez in their starting XI, @FCBarcelona will be the first Spanish side to start a @ChampionsLeague encounter with three players under the age of 20. (19 and 303). Bravery. pic.twitter.com/XtGbcqqHwq
November 2, 2021 — OptaJose (@OptaJose)
Along with Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Oscar Mingueza, and Eric Garcia, the three players were part of a group of seven homegrown stars that started the match. In the second half, Barcelona added La Masia grads Ronald Araujo and Alejandro Balde.
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‘Stratospheric’ gets a lot of praise. Nico
Francisco Javier Garca Pimienta, the former Barcelona B coach, knows Nico well from his time in charge of the reserve team and has heaped praise on the 19-year-old midfielder.
Garca Pimienta told Diario Sport that he believes the teenager can follow in the footsteps of captain Sergio Busquets and make a significant contribution at the Camp Nou.
“He is a very powerful mental player, and I am confident that, like Sergio Busquets, he will usher in a new era at Barça,” he stated. “His last season at Barca B was phenomenal, and we’ve always known at the club that he was one of the selected ones, one of the most brilliant characters of his generation.”
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