'Special Talent': Twitter Goes Wild as 17-Year-Old Gavi Becomes Youngest Spanish Debutant in History
A few declared him a "special talent" and others compared him with Xavier Hernandez Creus - the legendary Xavi - who powered the Spanish national team to back-to-back Euro titles in 2008 and 2012 and a FIFA World Cup crown in 2010. Like Xavi, who is regarded as one of the finest midfielders of all time, Spanish admirers predicted a great future for Gavi.
However, some claimed that the seniors in Spain's side were having an easy time as Gavi had taken over their workload.
For the first time in his career, Gavi has completed 85 minutes on the pitch 🤯— Goal (@goal) October 6, 2021
On the same night, he’s become his country’s youngest ever player 👶
17 years old and running the show against the European champions 💪
Spain and Barcelona have a 𝙎𝙋𝙀𝘾𝙄𝘼𝙇 talent ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/2gnpx5WtXM
Starting to think Barca has a factory where they try to reproduce former legends and just change a letter in their names so we won't notice.— Lidocaine🔆 (@trending_medic) October 6, 2021
Xavi? No amigo I'll call you Gavi
Pedro? How about Pedri mf
"It was his first game with Spain, but we already knew all about him," Enrique said after his side's victory over Roberto Mancini's team.
"It's not normal for someone to play like that [at 17]. He's a player with personality, enviable physical conditions and he plays our style of football. He plays like he's at school or in his garden at home," he added.
"It's a pleasure to have a player with that quality and character. We can say that he's the national team's present, not [just] the future," Enrique concluded.