History can be created anytime, anywhere and by anyone. This also applies in the world of football, including what happened in the Spanish League giants, Barcelona .
On October 6, 2021, just 62 days since his 17th birthday, Pablo Martín Páez Gavira made history. Yup, that name became a byword when he made his debut with the Spanish national team in the semifinal stage of the EUFA Nations League, against Italy.
A Luis Enrique-style decision that made a scene in Barcelona, Spain, Europe and even the world. Pablo Martín Páez Gavira, better known as Gavi , gives ‘shock therapy’, especially to Barcelona supporters.
Understandably, at that time, despite being young, Gavi’s playing ability got a thumbs up. El Mundo Deportivo said that most football observers in the Matador country thought that Gavi’s appearance at the San Siro was like a veteran player.
Gavi grazed for 83 minutes, and became part of the Spanish national team victory over Italy with a score of 2-1. In fact, many people doubted Gavi’s ability. But Luis Enrique did not budge, and continued to use the services of Gavi, who only played 7 times in the Barcelona first team .
Sensation Leap Luis Enrique’s decision became one of Gavi’s sensational leaps in the world of football, especially in the Spanish League. How not, he has a natural ability that allows him to survive in the first team.
For the Barcelona coach, Gavi is the future. That is, now is the time for this young man born in Seville to continue to be something sensational. Lucky for Barcelona, because Gavi was willing to join them when he decided to leave Real Betis’ football academy at the age of 11.
Since breaking into the Barcelona youth team, Gavi has stood out. It didn’t take him long to feel competitive. On February 21, 2021, he played for Barcelona B at the age of 16 years and 200 days.
Barcelona midfielder Gavi tries to control the ball during their match against Osasuna during the Spanish La Liga match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.
Young Rocket A year later, Coach Ronald Koeman believed that Gavi would make his debut with the first team, August 29, 2022, when Barcelona met Getafe. At that time, he was only 17 years and 25 days.
Gavi’s shining star has continued to shine throughout this season. He has played 35 matches with Barcelona, and is in the 5th position of Barcelona’s players who have played the most, behind Sergio Busquets, Marc-André ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong and Gerard Pique.
Barcelona coach, Xavi believes, Gavi will continue to learn valuable lessons in line with the minutes of play. He is also no longer confused about choosing Barcelona’s young stars who are ready to break into success, namely Gavi, Pedri, Nico González, Eric García, Sergiño Dest and Ansu Fati.