Who is 17-year-old Gavi? "Present and future of Spain!"

Zlatko Ilijevski
11 Oct 2021
Who is 17-year-old Gavi? "Present and future of Spain!"

Spain's national football team advanced to the finals of the League of Nations on Tuesday night with a victory over European champions Italy, and one of the players who marked a nice evening for Spanish fans is certainly 17-year-old Pablo Martin Paes Gavira, known as Gavi.

The young football player from Barcelona played extremely maturely in the selection of Luis Enrique, and at the same time broke the record old 84 years - at the age of 17 years and 62 days he became the youngest football player in history to wear the "Red Fury" jersey. Gavi has so far played only four professional duels in which he was the starter, but the coach Enrique has great confidence in him. Sometimes he is arrogant, so much so that he does not even want to enter into a discussion with journalists and explain to the public why he is making certain moves. However, Luis Enrique slowly but surely manages to turn everything to his side. Not because he is changing, but because it has become quite clear that no matter how illogical it once seemed, Luis Enrique mostly makes the right decisions.

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The last in the series is called - Gavi. The young midfielder of Barcelona received the invitation for his debut in the national team after just over 300 minutes of senior football. And not only did he receive the invitation, but the selector Enrique included him in the starting 11 in the match with Italy, the current European champion, in the semifinals of the League of Nations! There is no need for him to further prove to you how much he believes in you.

Many Spanish journalists are racing in praise of the teenager and emphasize that he completely outplayed the Italian midfielders, world-class football players, Marco Verratti and Jorginho.

 Not only did the numbers make Gavi's debut historic, but also the certainty with which he presented it on his back. He played for 83 minutes, he fit in great with Koke and Sergio Busquets in the middle of the field, from the first minute he ran into Marco Verratti, his idol.

"Marko Verratti is Gavi's idol. That's why I told him: "You have to press Verratti from the start to the very end," Enrique explained later.

Gavi took him seriously. All the time he was breathing down Verratti's neck, he didn't allow his gaze to cover the field and start sending those famous balls of his. In the end, he took away five balls from his rivals, shared 53 passes with 89 percent success, and impressed the football public in a direct clash with the connection between Verratti, Jorginho, and Barela.

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This defeat ended the historic series of the Italians - the team of Robert Mancini before the match with Spain was not defeated in 37 competitive matches (28 wins, 9 draws).

The last defeat before the match with Spain, Italy suffered on September 10, 2018 against Portugal. During this impressive series, the Azures had a period of 1,168 minutes without conceding a goal, and they also managed to become European champions.

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