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Luka Romero: Wonderkid moves to Lazio

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Luka Romero became the youngest ever player to feature in La Liga on 24th June 2020 when he appeared for RCD Mallorca against Real Madrid, he has now signed with Serie A side Lazio.

The 16-year-old attacking midfielder makes the move to Italy after featuring intermittently in the Segunda Division with Mallorca last season, managing to make six appearances and scoring his first senior goal against UD Logroñes.

Born in Mexico to Argentine parents, Romero moved to Spain when he was three and now is eligible to represent all three nations at senior level. He has become a key part of the Argentine youth set up and has represented them at U15 and U17 level so far.

MALLORCA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 29: Luka Romero of Mallorca celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the La Liga Smartbank match between RCD Mallorca and UD Logrones at Estadi de Son Moix on November 29, 2020 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Romero is a creative attacking midfielder, slight in stature, with excellent technique and composure. These attributes have led him to be referred to as ‘the new Lionel Messi’ which was fuelled by a viral video of Romero on Ses Illetes beach in Spain with Dani Alves, with the Brazilian legend pointing out to onlookers “Take photos of him: its Leo Messi”.

It has been reported by ESPN previously that Romero scored an astounding 230 goals in 108 matches during his time in Mallorca’s academy. Lazio have managed to agree the signing of one of the most promising young talents in world football. In his limited senior level appearances he has shown signs of a player playing well beyond his years and arrives at a side ready to help him develop into the star they see in him already. He will likely be part of the youth setup in Rome while having the opportunity to partake in some pre-season sessions with the first team, managed now by former Juventus and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.

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