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15-year-old Lamine Yamal becomes youngest player ever to play for Barcelona

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Lamine Yamal has become the youngest player ever to feature for Barcelona in a La Liga match.

The 15-year-old made his long-awaited league debut for Barcelona’s senior team during a match against Real Betis on Saturday, April 29, which ended 4-0.

Yamal had an impressive 10-minute appearance as he touched the ball 12 times and had a shot on goal in the lively showing.

The Spain youth international is already playing ahead of his age category for the Juvenil A, Barca’s Under-19 side.

He’s been on the cusp of the first team, with Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez said to be in “love” with the winger. Yamal has trained with the first-teamers and was named in the matchday squad for the game against Atletico Madrid.

He has been at the Catalan club since he was seven and had been represented by former Barca and Espanyol midfielder Ivan de la Pena.

Still so young, Yamal is yet to sign a professional contract with Barca but will be able to do so as soon as he turns 16 in July.

Superagent Jorge Mendes is now handling Yamal as he looks to make the grade at Barca.

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