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Barcelona's Ansu Fati Talks 'Dream Come True' After Record-Breaking UCL Winner

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2019

Barcelona´s Guinea-Bissau forward Ansu Fati (L) celebrates with Barcelona's French defender Jean-Clair Todibo (Rear) after scoring  during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match Inter Milan vs Barcelona on December 10, 2019 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP) (Photo by ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati has said it is "a dream come true" to become the youngest-ever goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League.

Fati scored an 86th-minute winner at the San Siro in Barca's 2-1 win over Inter Milan on Tuesday to set a new benchmark in the tournament's history:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

17y 40d - Ansu Fati has become the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history, scoring for Barcelona tonight aged just 17 years and 40 days. Whippersnapper. #UCL #INTBAR https://t.co/z8TRAsr9Z9

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

▪️ Barca's youngest-ever La Liga goalscorer ▪️ Youngest to score, assist in a single La Liga match ▪️ Now also youngest UCL goalscorer 17-year-old Ansu Fati keeps making history 💪 @brfootball https://t.co/ISo098BRZT

Bleacher Report Live @brlive

Barcelona's 17-year-old Ansu Fati waves goodbye to Inter's Champions League season ✨ https://t.co/joLITbWZJx

His goal also sent Inter out of the competition after Romelu Lukaku had cancelled out Carles Perez's opener.

It was only Fati's third appearance in Europe's elite competition, and he said after the match he is eager to take every opportunity he gets, per Marca:

"They just told me [about the record], I'm very happy for the goal and for the team with the win. You think, 'what have I just done?' I'm very happy. It's a dream come true. I always say it, everything is happening so quickly. I have to keep working and keep learning from the best, I'm very grateful for every opportunity I get."

Barca manager Ernesto Valverde played a weakened side against Inter because the Blaugrana had already secured top spot in Group F.

Frenkie de Jong, Luis Suarez, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Sergio Busquets all started on the bench in Milan, while Lionel Messi was not even in the squad.

Barca are leading La Liga on goal difference to Real Madrid:

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

1st — @FCBarcelona (34pts) 2nd — @realmadriden (34pts) With 10 days until #ElClásico, it couldn't be closer at the top of #LaLigaSantander! 🍿 https://t.co/5JsnN2sycV

They visit Real Sociedad on Saturday before the first El Clasico of the season against Los Blancos at the Camp Nou next Wednesday.

The fact a number of Barca's key players, most notably Messi, were given a rest for the trip to Inter could give them an edge as they aim to reach the winter break still top of the table.

Barcelona's home clash against Alaves on December 21 is their last match of 2019. They kick off 2020 with a derby clash away at Espanyol on January 4.