KEY POINTS

  • Mallorca youngster Luka Romero, nicknamed "Mexican Lionel Messi," has the chance to break an 80-year LaLiga record this season
  • Romero could be the youngest player to ever start in the history of LaLiga
  • Liverpool's last summer signing is also earning comparisons to Messi

A youngster nicknamed “Mexican Lionel Messi” is set to break a LaLiga record dating back 80 years this season.

Since Messi fans can remember, the Argentine has been with Barcelona. Throughout his stellar career, Messi has broken countless records in LaLiga. However, there’s a long-standing record only a youngster dubbed as “Mexican Messi” could break.

It was recently discovered that Real Mallorca’s Luka Romero could become the youngest player in LaLiga history to start in the first-team. Mallorca just finished playing Villareal, and Romero didn’t start. This means that the 15-year-old wasn’t able to make history that night.

However, Romero still has 43 days to break the incredible LaLiga record as the current record-holder, Sansón, was 15 years and 255 days old when he started for Celta Vigo back in 1939, Daily Mail reported.

As for Romero, he still has a good chance of breaking Sansón’s record as he was born on Nov. 18, 2004. This means the “Mexican Messi” is only 15 years and 211 days when this article was published.

More importantly, Romero is currently included in Mallorca’s first team and the LaLiga season isn’t over yet. Whether Romero will break the record depends on Mallorca coach Vicente Moreno’s decision. The youngster could once again have the opportunity to have his name written on the record books when Mallorca plays Leganes on Saturday (June 20) at Iberostar Stadium.

Romero was born in Mexico, but just like Messi, he is also eligible to play for Argentina and Spain. As early as now, Spanish outlets El Mundo and Diario AS are already claiming that Romero’s style of playing is reminiscent of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. Sources also said that those associated with Mallorca are already excited about his future with the club.

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi confirmed the players will take a 70 per cent pay cut during Spain's state of alarm Barcelona captain Lionel Messi confirmed the players will take a 70 per cent pay cut during Spain's state of alarm Photo: AFP / LLUIS GENE

Another promising youngster is also expected to shine in the near future. Much like Romero of Mallorca, Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott is also earning comparisons to Messi.

Recent reports confirm that Elliott has been receiving great feedback from his academy and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. The headlines stated that Elliott “wowed” senior Liverpool stars during his first week of training at Anfield.

Despite being able to secure Elliott, Liverpool still needs to complete the compensation clause in his transfer. Sources claimed that the 17-year-old’s deal is yet to be settled, and the money involved in the completion could be a lump sum. Liverpool reportedly haggled over the amount for the Messi-like midfielder and is now being referred to an independent tribunal who will agree on the terms of compensation.