The Spanish Council of Ministers has granted FC Barcelona attacker Ansu Fati the Spanish nationality on Friday. An accelerated procedure was started to get the 16-year-old attacker eligible to play for the national selections.
Fati was born in Guinea-Bissau in Africa, a former colony of Portugal. Those two countries also hoped to persuade Fati to play for their national team.
Fati himself chooses to play for Spain, the country where he emigrated with his parents at the age of six. Possibly the attacker is called up for the World Cup under 17 that starts at the end of October in Brazil.
In that case, Barcelona loses the attacker for a month. Fati has already played four official games for the Spanish top club this season, in which he was twice accurate and broke several records.
By Wednesday next week at the latest, all participating countries in the World Cup must submit their selections to FIFA.
The Orange under 17 is also active in the tournament. The team of coach Mischa Visser plays in group D against Japan, Senegal and the United States.