Abel Ruiz, the Godson of Villa

The Asturian, idol in the childhood of the forward of Almussafes, serves as mentor of the striker. Born in 2000, he is a family guy with football in his head 24 hours a day.


After a season in which not everything has been a path of roses, Abel Ruiz (28-1-2000) fulfilled a dream with his official debut with Barça. The embrace of Jordi Alba before he appeared on the pitch speaks of the good reception he has had in one of the most powerful locker rooms in the world. It is the reward for a job that started in 2012 when he left his village, Almussafes, to land at La Masia. Very close to his family, his mother and his brothers could accompany him in the adventure. Not so his father, a worker of a subsidiary company of Ford in Valencia, who continues there, who comes and goes and proudly sees the growth of his son and now, his debut with Barça.

Obsessed with football, for which lives 24 hours, Abel has found the best possible mentor. David Villa, legend of Spanish football and former Barça player, sponsored him years ago. Villa and Abel share representation agency, VII Sports. They recently ate together in Barcelona. Abel, who saw Villa play when he was a kid in Valencia and also in Barcelona (the Spaniard was until the summer of 2013 in Barcelona), listen to the advice of the current Vissel Kobe player. Curiously, could be seen next July 27 in the friendly to be played in Japan..

Top scorer in the history of the U-17 team, now is fixed in the U-19, where he has the confidence of Santi Denia and where he loves to meet Ferran Torres and Víctor Chust, the guys with whom he grew up and whose destinies were separated in the Valencia-Madrid-Barcelona triangle. Renovated by Barça last summer, he gave up offers from Spain, England and Italy to fulfill the dream of Sunday. With a 100 million clause, the proof that Barça's bet is serious as it has been transmitted to him in his environment, has the The most difficult challenge for a squad player: to triumph as a center forward, something never seen before in Barcelona for many years. Nothing better than the advice of his godfather Villa to make it possible.



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