Argentine adolescent Luka Romero became Real Madrid’s most youthful player ever to appear in La Liga on Wednesday when he came on for Mallorca during their 2-0 defeat. Romero takes the record from Francisco Bao Rodriguez, who was most popular as Sanson when he made his league debut with Celta Vigo in 1939 at the age of 15 and 219.
Romero just started training with the main team in Mallorca last month after going through the season with the club’s childhood teams. He has also not featured for Team B.
A paperwork issue kept him from making the squad in a June 13 defeat to Barcelona and he was an unused replacement for Villarreal and Leganes before finally making his introduction against Madrid.
Mallorca coach Vicente Moreno said to ESPN after Wednesday’s game. He said: “What you’re attempting to do is calm him down. He’s a 15-year-old kid. He should be out there because he should be there. He ‘s progressed admirably and he’s been aggressive. I ‘m sure on the off chance that we continue encouraging him, he’ll continue developing.”
Romero just started training with the main team in Mallorca last month after going through the season with the club’s childhood teams. He hasn’t played for the B team at the club yet.
He was conceived in 2004 in Durango, Mexico City however has Argentinian roots. His father, Diego, played for Alacranes and was also a footballer at the time of his introduction to the world.
In the latter stages of his career, Diego played for Formentera on the Balearic Islands where the family has since settled. Prior to moving to Majorca, Luka started playing for the Formentera academy. He has sought interest in Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past. He exceeded expectations in a trial with Barca when he was just seven however he was unable to be marked by the Catalan club because he was too youthful to stay alone in La Masia at the time.
The player also made comparisons with Lionel Messi since the beginning. Not exclusively is Romero from an Argentine background he’s also left-footed forward and has a playing style similar to Barca’s captain.
Images of him training with Mallorca over the past month bare a striking resemblance to a youthful Messi, with his little frame, babyface, and floppy hair. He’s qualified to play for Mexico or Spain internationally yet has made it clear that his inclination is to speak to Argentina, for which he’s already played at youth level.
“My whole family is Argentine and my dream is to wear national team hues,” he said in an interview with Argentine Football Association in 2018.