This campaign has been one full of highs and lows in Barcelona news but the one constant positive has been the emergence of the club’s young stars.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes has tried to gain significance at the Camp Nou in recent years but the only first-team squad player he is currently representing is Ansu Fati.
The 17-year-old has broken into that side this campaign and is tipped for a bright future at the club.
Primarily a left-back, Balde – who is of both Guinea-Bissau and Dominican descent – has also been deployed as a winger this campaign.
Balde joined the Blaugrana in 2011 having played at local side Sant Gabriel and then playing a year at Espanyol.