Riqui Puig, dubbed ‘the new Iniesta’, made his Barcelona debut and his incredible stats justify the hype

RIQUI PUIG is hotly tipped to be the next Barcelona superstar.

The 19-year-old dubbed the new “Iniesta” made his first-team debut in the Copa del Rey against minnows Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday.

Riqui Puig, dubbed ‘the new Iniesta’, made his Barcelona debut and his incredible stats justify the hypeGetty Images – Getty4 Riqui Puig made his Barca debut on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey
Riqui Puig, dubbed ‘the new Iniesta’, made his Barcelona debut and his incredible stats justify the hypeREUTERS4 Riqui Puig has been hailed as the new Andres Iniesta

He came on at the Nou Camp for 35 minutes when the Catalan giants were 3-1 up and cruising.

But the midfielder was desperate to make an impression and did so providing the assists for Denis Suarez’s second goal of the game.

The kid was not on the pitch for long but was the most fouled Barca player by the opposition.

Puig left management, players and fans in awe of his performance.

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And after the game, Puig said: “My legs were shaking.

“But everything changed when I went on the pitch, it was a dream come true to make my debut for Barca.”

However, it was not the first time the teenager had tongues in Catalonia wagging.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, the youngster had been training with the first-team and left Lionel Messi 'astonished'.

And the club captain has been keeping tabs on the latest gem to roll off the famous La Masia production line after his first training session with the big boys last season.

Puig will hope to be part of the Barca squad that travels across the city for the derby against Espanyol on Saturday.

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