Spanish-Moroccan Lamine Yamal becomes youngest Euro player in Spain-Croatia match

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Spanish-Moroccan wonderkid Lamine Yamal made history on Saturday, June 15th. The soon-to-be 17-year-old (his birthday is July 13th) became the youngest player ever to appear in a Euro match, starting for FC Barcelona in their win against Croatia in Berlin.

Yamal, a dazzling young winger, played a key role in the match, even grabbing the crucial assist. Despite his young age, he's already a star at Barcelona, having notched an impressive seven goals and eight assists in 50 games across all competitions this season.

«Thrilled with the win in my Euro debut!» Yamal exclaimed to Spanish channel La 1. «We're a confident, effective team, and it's showing. All the hard work in recent months has paid off, and we're delighted.» His coach, Luis De la Fuente, echoed the praise, calling Yamal a rare talent with exceptional skills - a «gift from God,» he remarked.

Yamal has a chance to break another record: becoming the youngest goalscorer in Euro history. Currently, that title belongs to Johan Vonlanthen, who scored against France in 2004 at the age of 18 years and 141 days.

With eight appearances for Spain already under his belt, Yamal is part of a promising new generation of attackers alongside other young talents like Nico Williams and Pedri (both 21). In fact, many consider him the best prospect to emerge from Barcelona's famed La Masia academy since Lionel Messi, with his contract running until 2026.

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