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08-08-2011 12:48 PM #1
Real Madrid signs 7 year old.
Very, very interesting..
08-08-2011 04:48 PM #2
08-08-2011 04:53 PM #3
His family will move there with him also. Barca signed Messi when he was 13. Someone posted an article a while back about Ajax's youth development system. Very interesting read.
Last edited by gallden; 08-08-2011 at 05:34 PM.
08-08-2011 05:07 PM #4
I think what people are getting caught up on here is the word "signed." It's unlikely he was given any money. However, what he will get is free coaching and free tutoring. So the investment on the team's part is in providing the facilities and personnel. It is a gamble for them but if they have one star come out of the program and make millions on his transfer it might pay for several years worth of the academy.
Many European football clubs have academies where they invite kids as young as 7 or so. This kid is the youngest that Real has invited but other clubs have had 7-year olds. The kids are "signed" in the sense that as long as they continue to be invited back every year, they agree to remain in the program and not go to another team. At the end of each year the club decides which kids will continue on. Some kids who are let go wind up going to a lesser club's academy. Some go home.
I agree that it's weird that they take kids as young as 7, though.
08-08-2011 05:19 PM #5
As for being deprived of a childhood...it's soccer. A game. And it comes with the added bonus of moving from poor circumstances to vastly improved circumstances. I'm not sure what the problem is.
Last edited by JDubs; 08-08-2011 at 05:24 PM.
08-08-2011 05:33 PM #6
08-08-2011 05:33 PM #7
Soccer is much different that football and baseball in terms of player development--trials like aren't that uncommon. Real Madrid's rival Barcelona does this all the time. There's a good NYT article about their youth academy La Masia. Worth a read.
08-08-2011 07:13 PM #8