Argentine youngster Luka Romero became Real Madrid’s youngest 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 best known 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 first team in Mallorca last month after spending the season with the club’s youth teams. He has also not featured for Team B.

A paperwork issue prevented 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 debut against Madrid.

Mallorca coach Vicente Moreno said to ESPN after Wednesday’s game. He said: “What you’re trying to do is calm him down. He’s a 15-year-old boy. He must be out there because he needs to be there. He ‘s done well and he’s been aggressive. I ‘m sure if we keep on encouraging him, he’ll keep growing.”

Romero just started training with the first team in Mallorca last month after spending the season with the club’s youth teams. He hasn’t played for the B team at the club yet.

He was born in 2004 in Durango, Mexico City but has Argentinian roots. His father, Diego, played for Alacranes and was also a footballer at the time of his birth.

In the latter stages of his career, Diego played for Formentera on the Balearic Islands where the family has since settled. Before moving to Majorca, Luka started playing for the Formentera academy. He has courted interest for Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past. He excelled in a trial with Barca when he was only seven but he could not be signed by the Catalan club because he was too young to stay alone in La Masia at the time.

The player also made comparisons with Lionel Messi from an early age. Not only 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 young Messi, with his little frame, babyface, and floppy hair. He’s eligible to play for Mexico or Spain internationally but has made it clear that his preference is to represent Argentina, for which he’s already played at youth level.

“My whole family is Argentine and my dream is to wear national team colors,” he said in an interview with Argentine Football Association in 2018.

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