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Cubarsí continues Barça’s reign in the Top-10 of early team debuts

The Spanish team fell 1-0 in London in the friendly against Colombia, but there was a positive moment to remember. Pau Cubarsí made his debut, continuing FC Barcelona’s tradition of nurturing young talent for the national team. The Barça center-back came on in the 83rd minute, showcasing the club’s influence on Spanish football. In fact, 7 out of the first 10 players on the national team emerged from Barcelona’s youth ranks, highlighting their commitment to developing talent.

“I’m very proud to have made my debut, it’s been a dream since I was a kid, but I know there’s still a long way to go,” said Cubarsí after the match. This debut adds to the legacy of young players making an impact on the national team.

Lamine Yamal (FC Barcelona)

16 years, 1 month and 27 days

Lamine Yamal, a young player from Barcelona, made his debut for the national team at 17 years and 2 months, becoming the second youngest player to do so. He scored in his debut match, making him the youngest player to score for the senior team.

Pau Cubarsí (FC Barcelona)

17 years and 2 months

Pau Cubarsí, another talented player from Barcelona, debuted for the national team at 17 years and 2 months, following in the footsteps of his teammate Lamine Yamal.

Gavi (FC Barcelona)

17 years, 2 months and 1 day

The third step on the podium of early debuts is now completed by another current Barça player, Pablo Martín Páez Gavira ‘Gavi’, who is recovering from a serious injury that occurred precisely playing for the national team, with which he was seen for the first time in October 2021 against Italy at 17 years, 2 months and 1 day, just 24 hours older than Cubarsi.

Ángel Zubieta (Athletic)

17 years, 9 months and 9 days

First for more than seven decades and today fourth when he debuted at 17 years, 9 months and 9 days in 1936, when he was still an Athletic player. Ángel Zubieta played his first game with the national team against Czechoslovakia (1-0) in April 1936.

Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona)

17 years, 10 months and 3 days

Ansu Fati, Barça forward now on loan to Brighton, made his debut in the Germany-Spain (1-1) in September 2020 when he was 17 years, 10 months and 3 days old. which places him in fifth place in the ranking.

Bojan Krkic (FC Barcelona)

18 years and 13 days

Bojan Krkic is now in sixth place in the ranking. The Barça youth player, now retired, is the sixth youngest in history after playing for La Roja in his first game in September 2008 when he was 18 years and 13 days old, in a 4-0 defeat of Spain to Armenia.

Pedro Regueiro (Royal Union of Irun)

18 years and 20 days

Pedro Regueiro, today seventh in the precocity ranking, experienced his international baptism as a player for Real Unión de Irún at the age of 18 years and 20 days in 1928, in a match in Portugal (2-2).

Pedri (FC Barcelona)

18 years and 4 months

Pedro González ‘Pedri’, eighth, made his debut at 18 years and 4 months in March 2021 in a Spain-Greece (1-1). The midfielder, a youth player from UD Las Palmas, arrived at La Roja after making his debut shortly before in the First Division with Barça.

Josep Samitier (FC Barcelona)

18 years, 6 months and 26 days

Josep Samitier, who was 18 years, 6 months, and 26 days old, made his debut in August 1920 in a Spain-Denmark (1-0) match.

José Muguerza (Athletic)

18 years, 8 months and 30 days

José Muguerza is currently in tenth place. He became an international player in 1930 while playing for Athletic Bilbao at the young age of 18 years, 8 months, and 30 days old.

This content has been translated and adapted from the Spanish version of the digital newspaper

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