This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
At the moment, it seems that Barcelona are full of extremely talented 16 year old players.
By now, everyone is familiar with Ansu Fati and his remarkable rise in La Liga this season but what if we were to tell you that he is not the only 16-year-old in La Masia who’s destined for greatness?
Ilaix Moriba is another such talent who’s yet to be discovered by the general public but once he breaks out of his shell, things might be set into motion pretty quickly.
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The young prodigy is at the very beginning of his career with the Blaugrana and has so far featured only for their younger levels at the U17, U18 and U19 squads after his promotion from Barca youth.
Just recently, Moriba signed a new contract with the Catalans that will keep him at the club until 2022, raising his release clause and annual paycheck in the process as well.
Needless to say, Barcelona knew what they were doing.
Even though there’s not too much data on the young prodigy out there, some of his best performances were definitely noticed by the footballing world.
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The thing about him is that he is both incredible on the ball but also well-built and capable of going toe to toe with some of the toughest players out there.
Recently, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, the youngster revealed that he was told he is similar to Paul Pogba of all players but that he admires the likes of Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta – idols who made him take up the role of a midfielder in the first place.
Of course, he is still at the very beginning of his career and there’s a lot to go before we can actually see him on the biggest stage in football.
But it seems that he’s already dreaming of playing alongside Lionel Messi and co.
According to the same interview with Mundo Deportivo, and if he continues impressing like that and developing properly, the sky could be the limit.
Between Fati and Moriba, Barcelona’s future looks more than just in safe hands.
Let’s wait and see if both young prodigies manage to continue the trend moving forward.