Barcelona sensation Lamine Yamal sets new La Liga record with start vs Cadiz

Barcelona youngster Lamine Yamal has, on Sunday, etched his name firmly into the history books of Spanish football.

For those not aware, Barca are set to return to action in short order.

After being held to a disappointing 0-0 stalemate by Getafe on opening day, Xavi Hernandez’s troops will aim to clinch a first three-point haul of the campaign, in a La Liga meeting with Cadiz.

In their pursuit of as much, Xavi, meanwhile, has been forced into a couple of changes, with Gavi coming into midfield, and Frenkie de Jong expected to take his place in central defence, owing to the latest injury suffered by Ronald Araujo.

Even more head-turning when it comes the Blaugrana’s latest XI, though, is the inclusion of the aforementioned Lamine Yamal.

For those not familiar with his name, wide-man Yamal is the latest highly-regarded product of Barca’s famed La Masia academy setup.

After exploding onto the first-team picture late in the 2022/23 campaign, he went on to impress in pre-season, too, culminating in calls for the Spanish youth international to be afforded further chances to impress as part of Xavi’s squad over the weeks and months ahead.

And, as alluded to above, on Sunday, such calls have been very much answered.

This comes with Yamal having been afforded a starting berth against Cadiz, in place of the suspended Raphinha.

And, in the process, the youngster has secured for himself a piece of history, as the youngest player to start a La Liga fixture in the 21st century (16y,38d).

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Conor Laird

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