Who is Gavi, the 17-year-old who became the Spanish national team’s youngest ever debutant?

Aged 17 and 62 days, the Barcelona midfielder has broken the record after featuring in the Nations League’s Final Four.

History was made during the October international break, with Luis Enrique having called up Pablo Martín Páez Gavira, more commonly known as Gavi, to the senior Spanish national team. With FC Barcelona’s rising star making his debut against Italy on Wednesday night in the Nations League semi-finals then he became La Roja’s youngest ever debutant aged just 17 years and 62 days.

The record was held by Ángel Zubieta, who made his first Spain appearance at 17 years and 284 days back in 1936, so Gavi surpassed that feat by more than 200 days. Some give the record for Spain’s youngest ever player to Pedro Regueiro for his appearance in a friendly with Portugal in 1927, but that was technically a Spanish ‘B team’ since La Roja’s starters were playing a game against Italy that same day. Even still, Regueiro’s appearance came with 17 years and 161 days, so Gavi has still comfortably beaten that. He’s also debut more than half a year earlier than his friend and club teammate Ansu Fati, who did so aged 17 years and 308 days.

It has been a rapid rise for Gavi, who has skipped the U19 and U21 age groups to go straight to the senior squad. That is similar to his meteoric progression through La Masia, the academy he joined aged 11 in 2015 after taking his first steps in football with Real Betis in his home province of Seville. After arriving in FC Barcelona’s renowned football school, Gavi worked his way through the various age categories to the point where he made his debut for the Catalan club’s senior side earlier this season by coming on for the final 16 minutes of Barça’s 2-1 victory over Getafe CF in LaLiga Santander.

Gavi’s style of play fits perfectly into FC Barcelona’s midfield, with comparisons to Xavi based on a lot more than the similarity of their names. Despite his small frame, the right-footed midfielder can get the better of bigger, stronger and older opponents through his intuition and rapid reading of the field. Able to accurately spin the ball to a teammate’s feet when pressed, he is exactly what Ronald Koeman is looking for in a midfielder and even drops deep on occasion to take the lead when bringing the ball out from the back.

That’s why Gavi has even been trusted to start important matches, such as the recent clash away at Atlético Madrid. FC Barcelona have suffered an injury crisis to start the 2021/22 campaign, but most of those physical issues have come in attack or in defence. Gavi’s minutes haven’t been given to him because of a lack of alternative options in midfield. On the contrary, he has earned those opportunities to start ahead of older and more experienced midfield talents.

With Pedri and Ansu Fati yet to celebrate their 19th birthdays, FC Barcelona really do have an exciting young core of up-and-coming talents and Gavi is very much a part of this reason for optimism. This is encouraging for the Spanish national team too and the genesis of what could be a promising international career for Gavi taking place this week.

Three things you may not know about Gavi

His move into La Masia accommodation

After being signed by FC Barcelona’s academy from Real Betis at the age of 11, Gavi moved to the Catalan capital with his family and they stayed in an apartment in the very centre of town in La Rambla. Before long, though, he told his family that they should move back to Andalusia and that he would move into the accommodation at La Masia, convinced he could make it at the Blaugrana.

His triumph at LaLiga Promises

LaLiga Promises is one of the most prestigious youth football tournaments in the world and Gavi won this title during his youth career. In the 2016 edition, Barça were the victors as they defeated Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals and final, with Gavi scoring both of the goals in the 2-0 semi-final win over the Catalan club’s great rivals.

His red card on his most recent Spain experience

The last time Gavi played for Spain at any level was in a friendly match for the U18s against France in May of this year. That 2-2 draw wasn’t his happiest experience, as the midfielder was shown a straight red card in the 36th minute. Since then, though, Gavi has enjoyed success after success and now has made history with La Roja’s senior side.

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Najib: Adakah saya menipu?

Gambar: Malay Mail

Oleh Mohd Najib bin Abdul Razak

Saya amat risau bahawa kerajaan akan teruskan projek Kereta Api Berkelajuan Tinggi (HSR) dari KLIA ke Johor Bahru seperti diluluskan kerajaan PN dahulu.

Tidak mengembalikan projek HSR ini dari Bandar Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur ke Singapura akan merugikan negara sebanyak RM500 bilion bagi jangka masa panjang sekiranya projek KLIA-Johor Baharu ini diteruskan.

Saya difahamkan bahawa kerajaan PN dahulu sebenarnya telah luluskan dalam kabinet untuk menggantikan projek HSR KL-Singapura dengan KLIA-HSR dengan menggunakan melantik syarikat KLIA Ekspress dan menggunakan teknologi itu.

Sebab itu mereka sanggup membayar pampasan sebanyak RM320 juta kepada Singapura untuk batalkan projek asal supaya kontraktor boleh dilantik terus kerajaan tanpa open tender antarabangsa bersama negara Singapura.

Bolehlah beri projek secara terus ke syarikat KLIA Ekspress dimiliki syarikat tertentu sebab ada yang amat sayang pada mereka.

“Maszlee Malik mendakwa Muhyiddin Yassin mendesak Dr Mahathir Mohamad memintanya meletak jawatan sebagai menteri pendidikan kerana isu kontrak membabitkan YTL Communications Sdn Bhd..

Dalam mesyuarat terakhir bersama beliau, saya ingat lagi, beliau mengatakan, “Presiden Bersatu amat marah dengan anda kerana isu ini…”

“Maszlee menambah, beliau diberitahu pada setiap pertemuan bagaimana Muhyiddin mengusahakan “kontrak mega” dan mendesak Mahathir memintanya memanjangkan kontrak berdasarkan kehendak YTL, bukannya mengikut keputusan yang dibuatnya sendiri.”


Antara digariskan dalam kertas cadangan kerajaan PN dan diluluskan pada akhir tahun 2020 termasuk:

1. Kos projek HSR KLIA-JB adalah antara RM63 bilion hingga RM65 bilion – iaitu tak jauh berbeza berbanding kos asal KL-Singapura sebanyak RM60 bilion hingga RM68 bilion sebab kos terbesar projek ini sebenarnya adalah kos pengambilan tanah.

2. Jumlah penumpang setahun bagi HSR KLIA-JB ke 4.2 juta setahun menjelang tahun 2031 berbanding 8.4 juta penumpang setahun bagi HSR KL-Singapura.

3. Jumlah pendapatan bagi HSR KLIA-JB adalah jauh lebih rendah berbanding rancangan asal akibat penurunan permintaan penumpang.

4. Pampasan dan subsidi melebihi RM10 bilion dirancang akan dibayar kepada syarikat kontraktor dan operator akibat kerugian yang akan berlaku akibat pendapatan projek yang jauh lebih rendah.

5. Kelajuan keretapi juga dirancang lebih perlahan berbanding projek HSR asal.

Selain projek tidak lagi menjadi berdaya maju dan kerajaan terpaksa menampung kerugian berpuluh tahun lamanya, projek Bandar Malaysia dengan nilai GDV sebanyak RM140 bilion juga tidak kesampaian.

Sebab itu, ianya adalah satu kesilapan yang amat besar sekiranya HSR hanya dibuat dari KLIA ke Johor Baharu.

Pendedahan saya pada bulan Januari lalu: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10157591941935952&id=157851205951

Adakah saya menipu? Tak.

Cabarlah mereka untuk dedahkan kertas cadangan akhir tahun 2020 untuk ganti HSR KL-Singapura dengan KLIA-Johor Baharu yang telah pun dibentang dalam kabinet masa itu.

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If You Are Outed by Pandora Papers, Are You a Money Launderer?

Pandora Papers : If Outed, Are You a Money Launderer?

The tone of media reports on Pandora Papers and it’s Panama predecessor indicate there’s something illegal about owning a company in offshore financial centres.

There seems of be an underlying public presumption of guilt if you are named in the Pandora Papers.

But as Veerinderjeet Singh of Tricor Group explains on BFM 89.9, the setting up of offshore companies is perfectly legitimate.

I can give a personal example. If I were to die tomorrow, the US government will charge an estate duty of 40% on the value of all the US shares I own. This is in spite of me having no other connection to the US.

Yes, I was shocked to learn of this.

The way around this? Set up an off-shore company owned by me. Then buy the US shares in the name of that offshore company.

If I die, my family will inherit my shares in that offshore company. The offshore company can continue to hold the US shares. No estate duty incurred.

It’s simply estate planning. Completely legitimate, rational, and if I can say so, morally irreproachable (I earned the money legitimately through my entrepreneurial endeavours, paid Malaysian government taxes on it, why should 40% of it be taxed by a government that has not provided me any services but simply because I invested in their financial markets?).

I’m told it’ll cost you about RM6000 annually to cover the cost of an offshore company. Expensive? For many yes. The province of the Uber-rich? Err, no.

Veerinderjeet says that before jumping to conclusions on the Panama Papers, examine the source of the funds that set up the offshore company in the first place. If the source is legal, all good and fine. If the source is illegal, then start prosecuting. You can hear his rationale here: https://www.bfm.my/podcast/morning-run/morning-brief/pandora-papers-leak

For sure, if national leaders or politicians names are on the list, extra scrutiny is required to make sure the funds originated from legal sources rather than taxpayers’ pockets.

You might ask, do I have an offshore company arrangement at the moment? The answer is no.

But the Pandora Papers have alerted me that, as a responsible breadwinner, maybe I should.

#pandorapapers #panamapapers #moneylaundering #estateplanning

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