Luka Romero. (Photograph by Pressinphoto/Icon Sport through Getty Photos)
MADRID: About to make historical past because the youngest participant within the Spanish league, 15-year-old Luka Romero‘s coronary heart was racing.
“Going at 3,000 kph,” stated Mallorca coach Vicente Moreno, who touched Romero’s chest.
Dubbed by native media because the “new Messi” and the “Mexican Messi,” Romero was about to make his skilled debut and break an 80-year-old league report.
The attacking midfielder – born in Mexico of Argentine dad and mom – is a number of weeks youthful than Francisco “Sanson” Bao Rodriguez was when he set the age report by debuting with Celta Vigo within the 1939-40 season.
“I used to be simply making an attempt to maintain him calm,” Moreno stated. “We won’t overlook that he’s only a child. Think about what was going via the thoughts of a 15-year-old child at the moment.”
Romero entered the match on Wednesday in opposition to Actual Madrid within the 83rd minute.
“It was an unforgettable second,” the long-haired Romero stated. “Because of the whole teaching workers and to Mallorca for giving me this chance. I will always remember this present day.”
He obtained his first contact on the ball a couple of minutes after coming off the bench and did not look his age whereas on the sector. Mallorca misplaced 2-0.
“He did nicely within the three actions wherein he was concerned, he was aggressive,” Moreno stated. “He’s very good and is aware of how one can execute what we ask from him. He has persona. He was nervous, after all, however he’ll continue to grow. I am glad for him.”
Romero had already been an possibility on the bench in Mallorca’s draw in opposition to Leganes however wasn’t performed.
“He had been doing nicely within the coaching periods,” Moreno stated. “He deserved this chance.”
Romero’s debut made headlines again in Argentina on Thursday, with the sports activities each day Ole placing him on its entrance web page together with the headline “One other Flea!” – a reference to Messi’s nickname.
Romero’s father, Diego Romero, informed Spanish radio Marca his son “has his ft on the bottom” and his household and the membership are working to maintain him like that.
“What he has achieved was very troublesome, however it’s much more troublesome to remain at that stage,” the elder Romero stated.
Luka Romero has already performed a number of matches for Argentina youth squads and is predicted to stay with Messi’s nationwide crew as an alternative of Mexico.
“We hope he’ll keep a stage to maintain taking part in internationally,” Diego Romero stated.