World Football

Lamine Yamal becomes youngest player to represent Spain senior football team

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

September 8 2023
Lamine Yamal Spain Barcelona

Gavi earlier held the record of youngest debutant for Spain

Lamine Yamal, a player for the Catalan club, potentially breaks records by joining Spain’s national team at such a young age. On September 8, La Roja will play Georgia in qualifying for Euro 2024, and Yamal will start. Gavi, who made his debut aged 17 years and 62 days, no longer holds the record.

Despite the tremendous pressure that comes with reaching such a significant milestone, Yamal maintains an amazing level of composure and discusses how Pedri and Gavi are assisting him in preparing for the event.

Yamal, who made his La Liga debut for Barcelona at the age of just 15, has been making headlines. He has made three starts so far in 2023–24 and has cemented himself as an ongoing starter for the team.

His performance against Villarreal stood out in particular. Star striker Robert Lewandowski praised Yamal for his perseverance and said he had a “wow” factor in his performances.

As a result of his two assists in four games for Barcelona after turning 16 in July, Yamal was called up to the Spain team for the international matches in September.

Yamal’s call-up is not just a publicity stunt, De la Fuente insisted, and he emphasised how taken aback he has been with the adolescent during training.

“Lamine Yamal seemed very good to me, watching him on TV. But now that I’m working with him, I think he’s much better,” he told the press.

“He is a 16-year-old player, but the form he has on the field seems much more mature. He is a different player with a promising future.”

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