FIFA Player Award: What Messi Said About Ansu Fati

Newly crowned FIFA Best Player Lionel Messi had sent a strong message to young Barcelona attacker Ansu Fati after he broke into the first team at the start of this season.

Lionel Messi sent a strong message to the Guinean player after he won a record sixth FIFA Best Player Award for 2019 at the Awards Ceremony at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Italy.

The Barcelona skipper said that he identified the quality of Ansu Fati immediately in training.

Ansu Fati has been a revelation for Barcelona this season despite the fact that the Spanish La Liga champions have not made the best start to the season.

He came on as a second half substitute in the latest Barcelona game, a 2-1 win at home to Villarreal in a week clash in the Spanish La Liga.

It was an unconvincing display from Barcelona who made it three wins at home in the league this season.

The hosts took an early lead through summer signing Antoine Griezmann who signed for the club from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

It was the third league goal of the season for the French World Cup winner.

Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo added a second goal with a superb strike before Villarreal skipper Santi Cazorla pulled one back just before the first half ended.

There were no goals in the second half as Barcelona sealed victory to move into the top four on the table.

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