Real sign 'the new Messi' – aged seven
Tuesday 09 August 2011
Real Madrid have signed a seven-year-old prospect from Argentina, who goes by the name of Leo – just like his idol Lionel Messi. Leonel Angel Coira will begin training with Real early next month.
Coira told Argentinian sports daily Ole that his idol is Messi, and that he prefers "to provide the pass" rather than score goals. He already has a Facebook page featuring photos of his visit to Real.
The Spanish club reportedly made the push to sign Coira because city rivals Atletico Madrid were also pursuing him.
Barcelona signed Messi from Argentinian club Newell's Old Boys as a teenager and he has gone on to win the World Player of the Year award two times.
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