By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 21:56 GMT, 2 February 2020 | Updated: 23:23 GMT, 2 February 2020
Lionel Messi has a new friend at the Camp Nou – 17-year-old Ansu Fati scored two in two minutes both from the Argentine’s assists as Barcelona beat Levante 2-1 to move three points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Messi backed the Barça kid earlier in the season when he broke records as the club’s youngest debutant and youngest scorer.
There was an embrace between the two posted on social media after those milestones, here the embraces came on the pitch after twice Messi played the ball in behind Levante’s defence and the teenager raced on to the pass to score past Aitor Fernandez shooting, both times, through the keeper’s legs.
Teenage star Ansu Fati bagged a brace to get Barcelona back to winning ways in La Liga
The 17-year-old scored in the 30th and 31st minutes to secure the Barca win on Sunday
Aitor came into the game having made more saves than any other La Liga keeper but he could do nothing about the first hit and was left a little embarrassed by the second. Messi, bereft of Luis Suarez, seemed to relish in the options Fati’s running offered and the two linked up brilliantly.
Fati had played as a right wing-back in Quique Setien’s first two games but the new Barcelona coach seems to have reigned in the experimenting and with Nelson Semedo back in the team at right back and Clement Lenglet back in the centre of defence this