Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba showed he was eternally grateful to Ronald Koeman with a classy gesture once the full-time whistle blew to mark a 2-0 win against Sevilla on Saturday afternoon.
Moriba, who has broke into the first-team in the last month, replaced Pedri in the 71st minute of yesterday’s tie and made a contribution that secured a massive win for the Blaugrana.
The 18-year-old assisted Lionel Messi with a wonderful flick in the 85th minute, helping Barcelona cement a win against the Andalusian outfit, who they face next as well, as they eye a Copa del Rey comeback.
As both sets of players showed respect to each other after the game concluded, Moriba bowed down to Koeman in a lovely show of respect, clearly thanking the Dutchman for his introduction at senior level.
En @MontonJordi ha seguit Ilaix Moriba al final del partit, amb la càmera de TV3. La reverència a Koeman il.lustra l’alegria del moment, l’agraïment per la confiança en els joves i les ganes de triomfar al Barça. #fcbarcelona pic.twitter.com/QW3Bm7uOyn
— Francesc Latorre (@FrancescLatorre) February 27, 2021
still thinking of Ilaix Moriba. huge talent. good attitude. he could become a decent level player if he gets consistent play. hopefully Koeman will continue to bring the best out of him pic.twitter.com/MZdj1MsaTF
— leia (@rosesmorte) February 28, 2021
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Moriba and Koeman then embraced, this was a beautiful moment and it’s nice to see a humble youngster showing respect to a manager that’s brought him into the first-team fold.
The central midfielder has made three first-team appearances for Barcelona, registering two assists, the Spain youth international is clearly full of potential and quality, his days with the B team may well be over.