Tag: Leonel Angel Coira
Bring them in while they are young and they’ll be yours forever. That’s how the popular saying goes like, and yet, it’s still a bit unnerving that year after year, scouts all over the world are trying to secure talent as young as they can possibly get them. And yet, there is got to be a limit, right? Someone is got to draw the line at some point, I guess. But then again, who’s supposed to say when someone is too young to sign a professional contract? Let’s say, the parents, if the player involved is still a minor. But then, what about a 7-year-old kid; I mean, is there a limit? What if NCAA division I basketball teams start finding talented players and offer them private primary school tuition, then take care of them in high school and pave their way straight into their university. Yes, certainly the NCAA wouldn’t allow any of this, but I’m just trying to give you some sort of plausible scenario.
For all I know, if someone shows talent, even if it is at a young age, they should be able to make some profit out of it. Be it, a great scholarship, or chance to study or develop that same talent abroad, it seems at first that it is all about making an advantage, getting something in exchange for your talents. But is it morally or even physically a good idea to sign-in a 7-year-old kid to play in the minor leagues of one of professional sports biggest teams?
Well, that is exactly what’s happening with one Leonel Angel Coira. The Argentinean prospect signed with Spanish club Real Madrid and will begin training Sept. 6, according to a report given by the team to the associated press. According to his facebook page, Coira’s idol is Lionel Messi, the Barcelona forward who is also Argentine and goes by the name Leo. Coira said he prefers to pass rather than score, something that makes him sort of share a similar philosophy towards the sports as the Argentinean midfielder he so admires. The seven year-old and his parents have posted picture of his recent visit to Madrid.
One would first thing that this is quite a risky signing. I mean, for crying out loud, the kid is 7. It’s impossible to guess if his talent is actually going to evolve in a way that could make him a professional athlete. And yet, on the other hand, it seems that the true motivation for Madrid signing the young kid is that other teams in the market had already offered Coira a deal. Rumor has it that Spanish league rival Atletico Madrid was also pursuing the youngster. It seems that Madrid has now secured another possible star.
It really seems that the other two Spanish teams are trying to emulate Barcelona’s business model. Barcelona signed Messi from the Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys as a teenager. He was an undersized young player who had talent but had much to learn and grow before he could play as a pro. Yet, it has been one of the best deals ever made by Barcelona. Lionel Messi has gone on to win the World Player of the Year award two times. He also has helped Barcelona win 15 trophies, including three Champions League titles and five Spanish league championships. Is Coira going to live up to these expectations? I guess we’ll have to give this kid another 10 years to grow before we can figure out if it paid out or not.