Gai Assulin, the new Messi who stayed on the road

Gai Assulin, the new Messi who stayed on the road
Gai Assulin and Modric in Tottenham Barcelona does some pre-season. Photo; ITV.COM

Gai Assulin was to be the new Messi. A few years after the explosion of the Argentine at the club, technicians club FC Barcelona's youth were like crazy to repeat the success they had with the Argentine who had come to Barcelona as a child and had become a global crack.

At those moments, in football base FC Barcelona He highlighted an Israeli boy named Gai Assulin that perhaps unproductive way for him, It was already compared to Messi. For his type of game and their physical, This Israeli player, born 9 April 1991, He blunted at the lower levels of a Barça at that time hand Pep Guardiola, He astonished the world.

Raised in La Masia, Gai Assulin was on track to be the new Messi

Formed in the quarry of Barcelona from the 12 years, Gai Assulin He is wearing a progression that made him aim to be one of the cracks usually form in the Barcelona first team. His playing style, Quick, dynamic and sassy, they made with Bojan It was considered one of the crown jewels of the quarry of Barcelona. curiously neither he managed to succeed culé in the house.

nationalized Spanish, He made a pre-season 2009 with the first FC Barcelona team in England, where he played several games with the team at that time headed Pep Guardiola. Officially he debuted with the first team 28 October 2009 at the Cultural Leonesa. In the party, for the first leg of the knockout phase of the Copa del Rey and played in the Kingdom of León, juice 59 minutes.

Gai Assulin, the new Messi
Gai Assulin with Guardiola on his debut. Photo: As.com

Before, the 25 March 2008, with 17 years, He had made debut with the absolute selection of Israel, in a friendly against Chile. He became the Israeli youngest player to debut for his country. Nor he has had a brilliant career with his national team.

Up to the Premier and start of the downhill in his career

As they say, for a few disagreements with Luis Enrique, subsidiary blaugrana coach at that time or because he was in a hurry to reach the first team, the race of Gai Assulin, the new Messi, FC Barcelona he ended and skillful extreme Israeli left for the by then emerging Manchester City of petrodollars. There his career not only would not take off but would stagnate more.

At Manchester City, failed to play even count for any coach almost three years he was there and was loaned to Brighton at that time in the second category of English football where only played 7 matches. After returning to City, They rescinded his contract and was free.

Second fall and two drops straight to Second B

In July 2012, He arrived at Racing Santander, a historical rundown and plunged into a storm of economic problems and sports that presaged a bad end. Freshly fallen to Second, The Cantabrian club secured the signing of the player who promised much.

The truth, is that with Racing, things will not bowled well. El Sardinero club descended to Second B at the end of that year and Gai Assulin, had several injury problems that prevented him from acting with the Cantabrian club assiduously.

In the 2013/14 after a decline of Racing and economic problems he joined Hercules in Second and repeated relegation to the Second B with all Alicante. One season later, for the 2014/15, It was signed for Mallorca also in Second where his participation was nothing outstanding and rescinding his contract ended 15.000 euros in summer 2015.

Gai Assulin, the new Messi
Gai Assulin celebrates a goal with Hercules. Photo: Alicante News

Gai Assulin continued his career in Segunda B and minor leagues

He returned to his country to play in the Hapoel Tel Aviv where only he played one season and played very few matches. In 2016 It was signed for Sabadell, in the Second Spanish B, physically close to where you started (a few km from Barcelona) but very far from where it was anticipated a decade ago. And it is that the fields of the Second Spanish B are far from those of first Y Champions where he was expected and was never seen. Then he continued his career FC Kairat Almaty of the Kazakhstan Premier League and for Romanian football.

His youth leaves an increasingly small thread of hope but what seems clear is that neither will be the new Messi nor his career go as far as some believed was coming. We do not know what happened, surely many factors together occurred to Gai Assulin, the new Messi he become another frustrated promise that stays on the road. A case is reminiscent of Freddy Adu .

Gai Assulin, the new Messi
Gai Assulin, surrounded by opponents, in a match of Sabadell in Second B. Photo: Rádio Sabadell

 

Alberto Llopis

Alberto Llopis

Hanged for football fully. Attempt to gather letters and tell stories in Colgadosporelfutbol.com. Specialist retro football Current. Football Coach Level II. You can follow me on @AlbertiniLlopis @colgadosfutbol

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