‘Mexican Messi’ becomes youngest ever player in La Liga history

Luka Romero has written La Liga history on Wednesday evening. The 15-year-old can call himself the youngest player ever to feature in an official league game. The forward, 15 years and 219 days, was brought on as an 84th minute substitution in the game between Real Madrid and Real Mallorca (2-0) as a replacement for Lago Junior. The Mexican born Romero has an Argentinian father, has played some youth games for the South Americans and is nicknamed ‘the Mexican Messi’.

There are only four players in the leagues history who made their debuts at the age of 15. Up until Wednesday, the record was hold by Francisco Bao Rodríguez, better known as Sansón, who was 15 years and 255 days when he made his debut in 1939. He claimed the record from Pedro Irastorza Ayerbe: 15 years and 288 days in 1934.

Óscar Ramón Pellicer almost broke the record in 1984 due to a strike. He made his league debut at the age of 15 years and 289 days. In recent years Martin Odegaard was the youngest player to feature in La Liga, making his debut when he was 16 years, 157 days old for Real Madrid. The late José Antonio Reyes was also very young when he made his debut. The former Arsenal and Real Madrid forward made his debut for Sevilla made his debut when he was 16 years and 151 days old.

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