June 20, 2024


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Barcelona’s Young Sensation Lamine Yamal Inks Historic Contract Extension

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In a historic move, 16-year-old sensation Lamine Yamal has inked his first professional contract extension with FC Barcelona, pledging his allegiance to the Catalan giants until at least 2026.

The deal, signed at Barcelona’s training ground in the presence of club president Joan Laporta and sporting director Deco, comes with a jaw-dropping €1 billion ($1.05 billion) release clause, underlining the club’s commitment to retaining their emerging talent.

However, there’s an interesting twist to the contract duration. FIFA regulations dictate that players under 18 can only sign contracts for a maximum of three years. This explains why Yamal’s contract isn’t longer, but it signifies the club’s faith in his potential.

Yamal’s meteoric rise has been nothing short of astounding. He burst onto the scene earlier this year when, at the tender age of 15, he made his debut for Barcelona’s first team, etching his name in history as the youngest player to represent Barça in LaLiga. Not stopping there, he continued to break records by becoming the youngest player ever to don the Spain national team jersey, netting a goal on his debut against Georgia.

On the club front, Yamal has seamlessly integrated into Xavi Hernandez’s squad, tallying nine appearances in all competitions this season, including four starts. In a recent LaLiga clash against Sevilla, he orchestrated a 1-0 victory with an assist that resulted in an own goal by Sergio Ramos, keeping Barcelona’s unbeaten run intact.

Excitingly, more records could tumble in the weeks to come. Yamal still has the chance to become the youngest-ever goal scorer in both LaLiga and the Champions League. While Ansu Fati holds the Champions League record at 17 years and 40 days, in LaLiga, Yamal has just one game remaining to surpass Fabrice Olinga’s record set a decade ago when he scored for Malaga at the age of 16 years and 98 days.

Yamal’s journey with Barcelona began in 2013 when he joined from local Catalan club CF Torreta. Since then, he has risen through the ranks of the academy, culminating in his breakthrough into the first team this year. As he extends his stay at the club, the footballing world eagerly awaits the next chapter in the remarkable rise of Lamine Yamal, Barcelona’s prodigious young talent.

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