Putting-on the famous blue and white shirt of Argentina, he takes up possession in an inside-right position before darting goalwards, dribbling with the ball at his left foot as he ghosts past opposition defenders, his shoulder-length brown hair wafting behind him as he closes in on the 18-yard box. This is a description many is familiar with and knows exactly whom it goes to-Lionel Messi. Surprisingly, it is not him this time around. His name is Luka Romero, 15 years of age and he is already attracting interest from top-flight football clubs such as Manchester United and Barcelona.
As excitement has been brews regarding Romero’s ability for a number of years, the youngster’s level of celebrity has gone to a new heights over the past 10 days after he was named as part of Mallorca’s matchday squad for their La Liga clash against Villarreal on the 16th of June. Having trained with the first-team squad since football came out of its coronavirus-enforced hibernation, Romero’s inclusion on the substitutes’ bench saw media organisations dig out the record books to confirm that, were he to make his debut, he would become the youngest player in Spanish top-flight history, breaking a record that has been held for 80 years by ex Celta Vigo defender Sanson.