Anssumane Fati Vieira (born 31 October 2002) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Barcelona. Born in Guinea-Bissau, he represents the Spain national team.
Fati chose to play for Spain after gaining Spanish citizenship rather than representing Guinea-Bissau, he was considered one of Spain’s most exciting football talents, and one of the best young players in the world.
Early and personal life
He moved to Seville with his family at the age of six, when his older brother Braima signed for Sevilla FC. His other brother, Miguel Fati, is also a footballer. His older cousin, Ença Fati is a footballer in Portugal.
His father, Bori Fati, is an ex-footballer, who was born in Guinea-Bissau. After emigrating to Portugal, Bori played for some teams in the lower leagues. Then he moved to Marinaleda, a small town located near Seville that was offering work to immigrants. After struggling in Marinaleda, he met the mayor, Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, and found a job as a driver. He then settled in the nearby town of Herrera, where Ansu spent most of his childhood, and started his football training. Though born in Guinea-Bissau, Bori has said he is “a Sevillian”.
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Style of play
Widely considered by several pundits to be one of the most talented and promising young players in the world, Fati’s playing style has been compared with that of former Barcelona player Lionel Messi. A versatile forward, Fati is capable of playing in any attacking position; he started his career as a striker, although he was later moved to the position of left winger. Being adept with either foot, despite being naturally right-footed, he is also capable of playing on the right flank, in the centre as a false 9, as a second striker or number 11, or in a free role as an attacking midfielder or number 10. A 2019 profile by FourFourTwo magazine described him with the following words: “Standing at 5ft 10in, Fati boasts a powerful frame and brings a physical approach to the game which is often lacking among a technically gifted Barcelona side. Nevertheless, despite his robust physique, the La Masia graduate possesses outstanding dribbling skills which, when combined with his speed, makes him incredibly difficult to stop in one-on-one situations.” It also highlighted his eye for goal and ability in the air, as well as his vision and ability to control play from midfield. His perceived selfishness and decision-making were instead highlighted as weaknesses in his game. Tor-Kristian Karlsen of ESPN described Fati as a “generational talent” in 2021, praising him for his speed, acceleration, ambidexterity, low centre of gravity, and technical skills, which make him difficult to dispossess, also noting his intelligence, movement, defensive work-rate, and link-up play as some of his main strengths.