Lionel Messi carried Lamine Yamal as a baby; photos go viral

Lionel Messi carried Lamine Yamal as a baby; photos go viral
Lionel Messi carried Lamine Yamal as a baby; photos go viral
Lamine Yamal and Lionel Messi. Photo: AFP

The Spanish player Lamine Yamal On Tuesday he became the youngest scorer in the history of the European Championship, at 16 years and 362 days, thanks to the equalizing goal he scored in the victory of Spain vs France (2-1) in the semi-finals of the tournament, surpassing the previous record set 20 years ago by Swiss Johan Vonlanthen.

The feat of Yamal It put him in the world spotlight, so an image of him when he was five months old and was carried and bathed by Lionel Messi.

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Lionel Messi and Lamine Yamal’s viral photo story

The photo in question was taken almost 17 years ago and was for a calendar of the newspaper Sports of 2008 in collaboration with the Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF.

As the newspaper recalls The country, Sport In 2007, he organised the second edition of the calendar, in which every month a Barça player posed for a photo with children. At that time, the children who took part in the sessions were acquaintances or family members.

The parents of Yamal They decided to enter their son in the NGO initiative’s draw and he was one of the chosen ones. The photographer of that session remembers that Messi He was shy, but he was a real professional when he carried a little Lamine.

Who is Lamine Yamal?

Lamine Yamal Born on July 13, 2007 in Mataró, Catalonia. Coming from the small club CF La Torretaat just 7 years old he joined La Masía, the youth team FC Barcelonawhere he stood out for his technical ability and vision of the game.

During his training at the youth academy he proved to be a versatile and creative player, capable of playing both as a right winger, his natural position, and as an attacking midfielder.

The 2023-2024 season was the stage for the takeoff of Yamal in the FC Barcelona first team. He made his debut for Xavi Hernández’s Barça on 29 April 2023, in a La Liga match against Real Betis, replacing Gavi in ​​the 83rd minute, when the score gave Barcelona a 4-0 victory.

In addition, he was the youngest player in history to debut with “The Red”according to the Spanish football team, precisely in a qualifying match for the Euro 2023.

At 16 years and 338 days old, he was the youngest player to play in a European Championship. Then, at 16 years and 353 days old, he became the youngest player to play in the knockout stages of the tournament.

He was 16 years and 57 days old when he played against Georgia and broke another record: he scored and is now the national team’s youngest scorer.

Lamine Yamal and his time with the Spanish national team

Lamine Yamal He has played 12 matches for his national team: four in Euro qualifiers (two goals, against Georgia and against Cyprus), three international friendlies and five at Euro 2024. And he has scored one goal in this tournament. In addition, he has made seven assists, according to CNN.

During his time in the national team’s youth system, Yamal played in the under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-19 categories, for a total of 21 matches.

 
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