- Lamine Yamal, the 16-year-old prodigy, seals his commitment to Barcelona with a contract valid until 2026.
- The agreement has a staggering €1 billion ($1.05bn) release clause.
- Yamal has broken records by debuting for Barcelona’s first team and Spain’s national team at an exceptionally young age.
- He has a shot at more records in LaLiga and the Champions League in the weeks to come.
- Yamal’s journey with Barça began in 2013, rising through the ranks swiftly.
Yamal’s Remarkable Contract Terms
Lamine Yamal’s growth at Barcelona just got solidified, with the youngster signing his first professional contract that will see him remain at the club till 2026. This decision was officially sanctioned at Barcelona’s training ground, witnessed by influential figures such as president Joan Laporta and sporting director Deco. However, due to regulations, Yamal can’t extend beyond a three-year contract until he’s 18, which is why we aren’t seeing an even longer commitment.
🚨🔵🔴 Official, confirmed: Barcelona talent Lamine Yamal signs new contract valid until June 2026.
🔒 Release clause included: €1B. pic.twitter.com/VRJEvkRrJC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 2, 2023
Setting Records at a Tender Age
Yamal’s impact on football has been meteoric. Earlier this year, he made his Barcelona first team debut at just 15, a record for the esteemed club. Internationally, he didn’t just play for Spain; he scored, becoming the youngest player to ever do so.
Lamine Yamal: A Special Talent. 𝑴𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑳𝒂 𝑴𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒂. 💎🏡 pic.twitter.com/Y6hSaTVVnK
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 2, 2023
His presence in Xavi Hernandez’s squad is undeniably strong, with nine appearances already in this season. Notably, he played a crucial role in Barcelona’s recent 1-0 victory against Sevilla, ensuring their unbeaten campaign continues.
More Records on the Horizon?
The sensation is on the brink of setting further records. In the Champions League, he could surpass Ansu Fati’s youngest goal scorer record, set when Fati was 17 years and 40 days old. Time is ticking in LaLiga, though; he has one match remaining, against Granada, to outshine Fabrice Olinga’s record set ten years ago.
A Barça Journey From the Start
Yamal’s Barcelona story began back in 2013 when he joined from local Catalan club CF Torreta. His ascent from the academy to the first team in such a short span is a testament to his talent and the club’s faith in him.