Marc Guiu, 17 years old, carved his name into the annals of Spanish football in a historic moment for Barcelona. Guiu, making his first-team debut, had an instant impression, scoring 30 seconds into Sunday’s match against Athletic Bilbao. This amazing achievement places him as the second-youngest player in league history to score in his league debut.
Only Fabrice Olinga of Malaga, who was 16 years and 98 days old when he scored on his debut in 2012, is older than Guiu in this incredible feat. Lamine Yamal of Barcelona had previously held the record for the youngest La Liga scorer, at 16 years and 87 days.
“They told me to go out there and give everything I have, that I would have my chances,” Guiu said.
“I dreamed about this so many times. I won’t sleep tonight.”
Guiu, who is 17 years and 291 days old, came off the bench with great poise, requiring only two touches to celebrate the game-winning goal in the 80th minute.
Guiu’s low shot struck the back of the net, defeating Athletic Bilbao and giving Barcelona a 1-0 victory. The win catapulted the Catalan giants to third place in the league rankings with 24 points, just one point behind the league leaders, Real Madrid and Girona.
Barcelona continues to dominate La Liga despite the absence of several crucial starters. This was their ninth consecutive league victory over Bilbao since coach Xavi came over. The club now has a busy week ahead of them, featuring a Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk and the “clasico” against archrivals Real Madrid.
Marc Guiu’s amazing rise has given the Barcelona audience new hope and passion, and his trajectory is one that fans will avidly watch in the future seasons.
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