The doors of the first team of the FC Barcelona They are opening for Ilaix Moriba, one of La Masia’s great bets, while the coronavirus pandemic has forced him to pause his great passion beyond football: hairdressing.
“One of his brothers was a great player, he promised a lot and did not follow the path of progress that was expected. This Ilaix takes it into account. I have talked a lot with him because we work on values, including knowing how to digest success and recognition, something that is not easy at his age”Explains Josep Pons, his hairdressing teacher to EFE.
It is about Ronald Koeman who made Ilaix debut on January 21 against Cornellà in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey, just two days after he came of age. In addition, the Dutch coach gave him the opportunity as a starter in a match in which he was able to show a small portion of his enormous potential.
He was also part of the squad in the round of 16 that Barcelona played on Wednesday against Rayo Vallecano, but this time the young midfielder saw from the bench how his teammates defeated the Madrid team 1-2.
In April 2019, When he was only 16 years old, Barcelona renewed him until 2022 with a record termination clause for a footballer of his age: 100 million euros. Undoubtedly, Ilaix became at that time one of the great bets of La Masia, which he arrived in 2010 from Espanyol, along with Ansu Fati.
Precisely at the beginning of 2019 Ilaix began to go to the school of Josep Pons, one of those selected by La Masia so that the Barcelona promises learn skills and a way of seeing life outside of football. “Our philosophy is very similar to that of La Masia. It is based on values, a culture of effort, humility and constant improvement, ”says Pons. At this Ilaix school, who lives with his parents in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, he is trained in barbering, male and female hairdressing, and image consulting.
Talent for cutting
“Ilaix has always had a model attitude. He is very clever. He has a brutal facility to capture and capture “, assures Pons. “Some people told me that Ilaix might not have discipline and the truth is that he is a very disciplined boy, everything I can say about him is positive,” he insists.
Meanwhile, Ilaix is facing the irruption in the first team, an opportunity that he has been looking forward to since he first wore the Barça shirt in Benjamin C 11 years ago. The precarious economic situation of the club, which forces us to look at La Masia, makes the moment especially propitious. EFE
Receives our newsletter: We will send you the best sports content, as Depor always does.