Barcelona’s rising star Ansu Fati, has been nominated for the World Breakthrough of the Year award by Laureus. The annual award is bestowed upon those individuals or teams, who have made breakthrough performances in the world of sports.
Fati has been nominated alongside NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes, motorbike racer Joan Mir, Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogacar and tennis stars Iga Swiatek and Dominic Thiem, who both won their first Grand Slam titles in 2020.
Ansu Fati was enjoying a stellar season with Barcelona since the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign. However, in early November, the youngster suffered a knee injury against Real Betis in La Liga. He underwent surgery on the internal meniscus of his left knee and has been sidelined since.
The teenager is currently recovering and following a biological regenerative treatment plan outlined by Dr. Ramon Cugat. Prior to his injury the winger was in fine form and had scored five goals and grabbed two assists in ten appearances across all competitions. He is now expected to gradually return to full fitness by April.
Fati has been making breakthroughs ever since his Barcelona debut, where he became the second youngest player to represent the club in La Liga. He also became the club’s youngest league goalscorer as well as the youngest ever scorer in the Champions League and for the Spanish national team.
The Laureus award nomination is another feather added to the cap in what will surely be a glittering career. Due to the pandemic, the Laureus World Sports awards will have a virtual ceremony this year but the awards will be handed over personally wherever possible.