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15-year-old ‘new Messi’ debuts for Genoa to make Serie A history

At 15-years-old, Peitro Pellegri became Serie A’s joint youngest-ever player on Thursday night after a three minute cameo against Genoa.

The secondary school student equalled the long-standing record of 15 years and 280 days set way back in 1937.

The statistical likelihood of the two players actually making their debut on the exact same day is unbelievably slim but, remarkably, it’s happened.

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Pellegri is held in high regard in Italy and is wanted by a host of large clubs across Europe.

Former manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has likened the youngster to five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

The Sun reported on Gasperini’s comments made last year: “I have with me the new Messi — I just hope he can keep level headed.”


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Although their footballing may have early signs of resemblance, their physiques certainly don’t.

The fresh faced youngster is six foot two inches tall, whilst the diminutive Messi stands at just five foot six inches.

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He is the second player born in the 21st century to play in the Serie A after Juventus starlet Moise Kean completed the feat a few months ago.

As of yet, no player has achieved such a feat in the Premier League although, as reported by The Independent, Callum Styles was the first player born in the 21st century to play in the football league when he made his debut for Bury aged 16.

The question is, how long before the big clubs swoop for the talented Italian youngster?


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