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7 interesting coincidences between Messi and prodigy striker 15 years old

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.

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Messi was criticized for walking too much

Former Argentine goalkeeper Hugo Gatti believes Lionel Messi is no longer outstanding, and becomes a buden for the whole team in Barca.

Messi this season is no longer booming as the familiar image. But he is still the soul at Barca, with 23 goals over 30 appearances. However, according to Gatti, that is still not commensurate with the level of Messi and the expectation on the striker.

“Messi and Ronaldo are still the two best players in the world right now. But he needs to play better. Messi is used to playing with a boring pace, walking too much. I believe those who know football are both. will think like me. Come on, play seriously, boy. You have to play better, “Gatti continued.

Messi currently holds countless records, including the most goals scored in Barca’s shirt, with 437 goals in 473 matches in La Liga. However, he was silenced in some of the team’s important matches, including the loss of Bilbao 0-1 in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup, the draw of Napoli 1-1 in the first leg of the 1/8 Champions League, and the loss of Real. Madrid 0-2 in round 26 of La Liga.

Gatti said that his teammates also bear part of the responsibility when Messi was silent like that. “The same thing that happened to Maradona and Pele, when there was a player like Messi, his teammates would always give the ball to him so that he could decide,” he said. In doing so, they broke the team, because they used to give the ball to Messi, instead of trying their own best.

Today, in round 27 of La Liga, Barca will host Sociedad. If won, Messi and his teammates can reclaim the top spot in 24 hours. The team holding the top of Real Madrid kicks late in this round, making guests on the Betis field at 3:00 on Monday 9/3.