|Name||Konrad de la Fuente|
|Desc||There is mounting fear at Barcelona that Konrad de la Fuente could become the latest talented and ambitious youngster to leave the club in search of game time elsewhere. The son of Haitian parents who left Miami for Catalunya in 2012, De la Fuente has spent the past eight years at La Masia, impressing all and sundry with his pace and dribbling skills. However, having been fast-tracked into the United States Under-20 team, the 18-year-old is now being linked with a summer move away from Barca.|
|Org||USA U20 National Team|
|Club as Player||Barcelona FC|
2020 01 16 Retrieve
[At La Masia, De la Fuente has been given a footballing education unlike any in the world, all while growing up in close proximity to a rotating cast of legendary figures, including perhaps the greatest to ever play the game] It was a dream. Every weekend I would be watching Ronaldinho, he was my idol. At the time he was playing at Barca. I was like, ‘Man, I would wanna get there’, you know? I have always dreamed and worked hard since I was a little kid to make it come true
Once we came here, I always knew that this was a great opportunity for me to get scouted. I knew they had scouts all over the place. It was just a matter of me playing well and them seeing me. I’m glad I got the chance
[Konrad De la Fuente’s dream] In the near future, I want to become a professional player as soon as possible. In the long term, I want to win a World Cup with the USA and be the best player in the world
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Barca winger De La Fuente sees Lakers star as biggest influence] My favorite player is LeBron. He’s my idol. I’m just a LeBron fan, probably the biggest fan in the world. I play basketball as a hobby, and I’m not that good at it, but it’s incredible how much I like him. I just like the way he plays, his work ethic, how he is off the field, his ambition to improve even though he is the best. It’s incredible and I really admire it. Even though I am not a basketball player, but I want to be like that in the soccer world. In that sense, [he’s a bigger influence than Messi for me].
[Like any Barcelona up-and-comer, the American looks up to the Argentinian star and recalls how nervous he was the first time he got to meet Messi in person] He [Messi] was having an interview at La Masia and I was there. When the interview was over I went to go take a picture of him.
And as I’m walking up to him – I’m with two of my other friends – I’m like ‘Oh, it’s Messi, it’s great.’ I’m like almost shaking. And I asked him if I could take a picture and he goes: ‘Yeah,’ and I have my phone in my hand, and I’m looking down at my hand is trembling
It was crazy. I’ve never felt like that in my life. It’s not that I’m used to [seeing Messi now] but I still get a little starstruck but not like that. The first time I trained with the first team, I got into the locker room and I turned to go into it and run into someone. And I looked and I see it’s Messi. I said: ‘Hi,’ and shook his hand and everything. And then as I walked past him I said: ‘Oh my God I just [ran into] Messi.’ But there was just that moment and that’s it. And then it was just normal
2020 04 25 Retrieve
[USA youth national team player and Barcelona U-19 winger Konrad de la Fuente tells about his first time meeting Lionel Messi] And as I’m walking up to him – I’m with two of my other friends – I’m like ‘Oh, it’s Messi, it’s great.’ I’m like, almost shaking. And I asked him if I could take a picture and he goes: ‘Yeah,’ and I have my phone in my hand, and I’m looking down at my hand is trembling. It was crazy. I’ve never felt like that in my life.