ANSU FATI is the next Lionel Messi at Barcelona with a €1 MILLION release clause.
But he is getting a non-league Biggleswade United shirt for Christmas after his brother Braima, 23, signed for the little-known club in England’s ninth division.
Ansu is currently Biggleswade’s biggest fan. He video calls Braima in the dressing room after games and may even appear in crowds this season.
Despite the four-year age gap, Braima still let his younger brother follow to play football as a child.
A decade has passed and Ansu has been given Messi’s iconic No. 10 shirt after signing the contract extension until 2027 with the Catalan team.
Braima told SunSport: “As a child, six-year-old Ansu played with me and my 11-year-old friends.
“He played against kids over five years old.
“You learn a lot from playing with older people.
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“When you grow up, the last thing on your mind is money, but you don’t imagine being in the first team at Barcelona.
“Now he is my favorite player and my best friend.”
But Braima did not receive any credit for the 19-year-old’s resounding success.
He added: “I couldn’t be prouder. He’s my biggest fan and I’m his. I got up close to see how hard he worked.
“I know how difficult it is. I wasn’t able to get there because only one in a million could. It was like something out of a movie.”
Braima recently canceled his contract with Barcelona Academy La Masia to join the Bedfordshire side, whose chairman is football journalist and broadcaster Guillem Balague.
The Guinea-Bissau-born Spaniard admitted: “The first days in England were not easy.
“I don’t like the cold, but I’m used to it. Ansu is sending me a Barcelona jacket and I will send a Biggleswade back!
“It will be very emotional when Ansu comes to see Biggleswade.
“He hasn’t been able to watch me play since 2019 because he was playing.
“When he has free time, he will come over here. He has never been to London. Now he is a Biggleswade United fan. ”
Braima wants to immerse herself in British culture, adding: “My president says I can’t live on fish and chips, but I’m a lousy cook.
“I tried a football cake when I went to a Manchester City game. I don’t particularly like it. It’s fish and chips to me, by all means. “
His main priority is learning English after making sacrifices to live away from his girlfriend and one-year-old daughter. Along with the 45-minute commute to Cambridge to study, Braima is learning the language from her new teammates.
He said: “I told Ansu that I wanted to do this, to live in England.
“My brother said, ‘If that’s what you want, you have to make it’.”
Balague joined the club in 2014 and has been pivotal in attracting top names, such as former Espanyol and Chelsea midfielder Enrique de Lucas and former Rangers striker Nacho Novo.
The likes of the late Diego Maradona, Messi, Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino have also helped bring back signed jerseys and memorabilia. The club is run by volunteers and promotes women’s football, youth football and diversity and inclusion.
Balague added: “It’s a great thing for a ninth-tier club to have someone like Braima.
“We wanted him to land and get to know people so we didn’t even tell everyone at the club.
“But people started looking at the flow of people and asking questions. Now after he scores, people find out.”
Braima Fati is speaking from the Hospice Ground, home of Biggleswade United. The club’s mission is to provide an inclusive environment and to provide a pathway to English and European football for local boys and others. To follow the club and Braima visit @biggleswadeutd on Twitter.
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