Luka Romero, 15, admits comparisons with Lionel Messi ANNOY him

‘I want to make a name for myself in football’: LaLiga’s youngest ever player, Luka Romero, admits comparisons with Lionel Messi ANNOY him after he made Mallorca debut aged just 15

  • Luka Romero says ‘Mexican Messi’ title is annoying as he wants his own success
  • It is Romero’s dribbling that has been compared to that of the Argentine legend 
  • Though he has made his own history as the youngest player to play in LaLiga
  • The 15-year-old midfielder came on in the 83rd minute against Real Madrid   

Luka Romero admits that comparisons with Lionel Messi annoy him as he wants to make his own name within the football sphere.

Romero’s skill set was linked to that of Messi’s when he established himself as the youngest player to feature in LaLiga after coming on against Real Madrid in June.  

The 15-year-old Mallorca midfielder came on in the 83rd minute of his club’s 2-0 loss to Los Blancos, but it was Romero’s potential that was the talking point of the game.

Luka Romero admits ‘Mexican Messi’ title annoys him as he wants to create his own name

Romero has been nicknamed the ‘Mexican Messi’, due to his similarities in dribbling style as well as his trial with Barcelona at the age of just seven.

However, the youngster is looking to establish himself independently of the Argentine legend.

He told Fox Sports: ‘It annoys me that they compare me to Messi because there is only one Messi.

‘And I want to make a name for myself in football, as Luka Romero.’  

Romero has been compared to Lionel Messi due to his dribbling style and trial at Barcelona

Romero, 15, is the youngest player to feature in a LaLiga game in the competition’s history 

The young starlet was born in Mexico, represents Argentina at Under-17 level, and is also eligible to play for Spain.

He arrived in Spain at the age of three, signed for Mallorca at the age of 10 and began training with the first-team squad at the beginning of June.

It is believed that the club are paying his wages – thought to be £893 (€1,000) a month – and his rent and utility bills. 

Those associated with the starlet are excited about his future. Romero has his own goals, one them being to play for the South American side internationally.   

He said: ‘I was born in Mexico but my family is from Argentina. I have all three nationalities [including Spanish].

‘If they still like me in Argentina, I will continue playing for Argentina, if possible.

‘I like to play attacking midfield. Here in Mallorca we play with attacking midfielders. And, if not, on the right wing.

‘I have improved a lot since I got here, I have improved my right foot a lot, I didn’t use that before.’

 He came on in the 83rd minute of Mallorca’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid back in June this year

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