There are many interesting similarities between Lionel Messi and 15-year-old talent Luka Romero, the boy who just debuted in La Liga and was dubbed Messi Mexico.
Luka Romero just went down in history when he became the youngest player to debut in La Liga at the age of 15 and 219 days. This boy was born in Mexico but served the Argentina team like his elder brother Messi.
1. Two people wear the number 18 shirt of the team
Luka Romero made his Argentina debut in the South American U15 tournament in 2019 with 2 goals. In the final, Argentina drew 1-1 with Brazil, before losing 3-5 on penalties.
Meanwhile, on August 17, 2005, Messi wore the number 18 shirt in a friendly against Hungary.
2. Both want shirt number 10
Messi wore the Argentina number 10 shirt for the first time on March 28, 2009 in a 409 win against Venezuela in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
Romero, from an early age, wore that iconic shirt of Argentine football. However, in the youth team, he could not use the number 10 because it belonged to Ignacio Tapia from Belgrano.
3. Both are left-footed
The gift of talent that both of them were given was their left leg, although Messi and Romero also played right foot not bad.
In both the team and the club, Messi stands out in either a connected role on the front line or on the wide right.
Romero also adapts well to different positions, especially the number 10 role. “He is a technical player, with the ability to handle the ball, pass and dribble well. He read the game very well, ”commented Argentina U15 coach Alejandro Sagasse.
4. Family and Spain
Messi and Romero have both lived in Europe since childhood but they have almost the entire family in Argentina. Messi’s relatives are still in Rosario. Romero came to Spain when he was 3 years old, while the whole family continued to live south of Buenos Aires.
5. Both are connected to Barcelona
Messi coming to Catalan is a famous story, with a happy ending, including 36 titles and love continues to grow day by day.
Romero spent a week of testing at the La Masia training furnace and then left. “I was far away from home, I don’t remember much because when I was very young,” the striker, who has been with Mallorca since the age of 5, recalls.
6. They were known earlier in Spain than in Argentina
Perhaps due to geographical reasons, the first steps of Messi and Romero have been closely followed by the Spanish media.
7. They choose to play for the Argentina team
Messi was tempted from Spain but in June 2004, he turned down an offer to play for the national team.
Romero has Mexican nationality (was born in Durango) and Spain but has fulfilled his dream of playing for Argentina in the U15 South American squad in 2019.