Signing a 7-year-old seems to be Real Madrid’s solution since that’s what they decided to do. And get this, he goes by Leo, he is from Argentina and he has the same floppy hair Messi did when he first moved to Barcelona.
“Leonel Angel Coira signed with the Spanish club and will begin training Sept. 6, Madrid spokesman Juan Tapiador told The Associated Press on Monday.
Coira told the Argentine sports daily Ole last week that his idol is Messi, the Barcelona forward who is also Argentine and goes by the name Leo. Coira said he prefers to pass rather than score. He already has a Facebook page featuring photos of his visit to Real Madrid.”
The 7-year-old was invited to a trial with Real Madrid and signed a one-year contract with the club’s youngest team, the “Benjamin” squad, made up of mostly under-9 players.
Madrid reportedly made the push to sign Coira because Atletico Madrid was also pursuing the youngster.
“After tryouts with both clubs, he felt more comfortable with Real Madrid,” Miguel Coira told ABC. “I trust the club a lot. I know they will take good care of him.”
While he may not be starting alongside Kaka and the rest of the team this upcoming season, he seems to be making huge headlines across the world as Real Madrid’s newest ‘transfer’.