In the 85th minute of match between Real Sociedad and AlavésAt an hour -near 11.00 pm-, to which a boy of his age must be at home, Asier Garitano ordered the removal of the change board and put Ander Barrenetxea on the lawn of Anoeta, who will turn 17 on the 27th. December and that became the first player of the 21st century, and therefore of the new millennium, which debuted in LaLiga. He did it with 16 years and 359 days.
The time was not a problem on Friday because St. Thomas parents are more permissive. Besides, the debut was worth it. Real lost 0-1 derby and Garitano took the boy who stands out with the juvenile Division of Honor, has a destabilizing footballer profile, with good dribbling and goal scoring. He played with the Spanish Under-16 team and also with the U-18. He has been training for several weeks with the first team and the technician decided it was time to try something different.
Barrenetxea had no luck because his team lost, but participated in the final offensive. He caused a corner and tried to bring danger to the Pacheco area. He did not even make statements. Despite being a debutant, he is still under age and the Real prefers to keep him out of the microphones.
The striker, born in San Sebastian in 2001, is the second youngest player to play in an official game with the blue and white shirt. The most precocious was Pedro Irastorza, who played with 15 years and 288 days against Barcelona in Las Corts, which Real also lost (4-0). It was on February 4, 1934. Irastorza is the second youngest player in the history of Primera, just behind Francisco Bao Samson,who debuted with 15 years and 255 days in 1939 with Celta.
The player of the new millennium, who will turn years during the Christmas break, replaced on the lawn Juanmi, who, curiously, debuted in the First Division with less age still, 16 years and 242 days, with the colors of Malaga. Barrenetxea had already counted for Garitano in a friendly against Toulouse, played in Tarbes, a month ago. He enjoyed 29 minutes.
By the way: the player from San Sebastian will not keep the shirt with which he became the first millennial player in LaLiga. At the end of the game, he approached the animation stand and threw it to the fans.