Barcelona’s young Spanish winger of Moroccan origin, Lamine Jamal, has broken several records over the past few days, and he can continue to do so by facing Real Betis tomorrow, Saturday, in the fifth round of the Spanish Football League.
Jamal became the youngest player to start and score with the Spanish national team in the 2024 European Cup qualifiers at the age of 16, and thus he was able to impose himself at the local and international levels.
Jamal became the youngest player to participate with Barcelona at the age of 15 years and 290 days against Betis last season.
He also broke another record when he became the youngest player to start in the Spanish League during the 21st century, and he is also the youngest player to provide an assist in the same era.
Jamal has not yet been able to score for his Catalan team, but if he does so this season, he will break Ansu Fati’s record with the club, in addition to the overall league record, recorded in the name of Malaga’s Cameroonian Fabrice Olinga (16 years and 98 days).
Al-Amin Gamal, man of the match
The winger emerged as man of the match during Barcelona’s 4-3 win over Villarreal last August, and became a starter for his team in the last three matches, all of which ended in victory.
Barcelona currently occupies third place, two points behind its traditional rival and top of the standings, Real Madrid, after 4 matches.
The possibility of Jamal’s participation this season has increased following the departure of Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé to Paris Saint-Germain during the summer.
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Xavi: A mature player
“He is a mature player even though he is 16 years old,” Xavi said earlier this month about Jamal.
He added, “He realizes what he is going through and is happy. The management of the situation is very good and there are no problems at the present time.”
In previous periods, the Catalan club was subjected to widespread criticism against the backdrop of what some claimed that Barcelona throws young players into its “incinerator,” which leads to their decline.
Pedri Gonzalez participated in 70 matches with the team and the Spanish national team in his first season and then suffered from injuries, while Fati, who is currently on loan to Brighton, England, is another example.
“We have to think about it positively,” Xavi said. “He is maturing and growing, and we hope that does not happen.”
📽️ – Lamine Yamal’s goal against Georgia. 🇪🇸🌟pic.twitter.com/XZPowWOzRK
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Jamal preferred to represent the Spanish national team over his Moroccan counterpart, who also holds his nationality.
🤯 16 years old.
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