Spain's Real Madrid signs 7-year-old
Leonel Angel Coira has reportedly signed a contract to join the Real Madrid youth system ... at age 7.
August 8th, 2011
03:18 PM ET

Spain's Real Madrid signs 7-year-old

Spanish soccer powerhouse Real Madrid has made what is sure to be one of the most talked-about moves of the off-season, signing a 7-year-old Argentine to its youth system, according to an Argentine sports website.

The Spanish-language Ole ran an interview with Leonel Angel Coira in which the youngster said he had signed a contract to play in the Galacticos' youngest division.

Real Madrid had no word of the signing on its website, but reported that club spokesman Juan Tapiador confirmed the news Monday.

According to, Real Madrid snapped up the youngster to ward off attempts by other European clubs in the future - namely rival Atletico Madrid, which Ole said had already expressed interest in Coira.

Coira told Ole last week that he preferred making assists over scoring goals, that he can juggle a ball eight or nine times without dropping it and that his dream is to play for Real Madrid's first team, which is home to some of the world's greatest players, including Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.

His training with the under-9 players - or Benjamins, as they're known - begins September 6, he added. The team's Benjamin A squad is composed of 10-year-olds and one 11-year-old.

In a statement that might not sit so well with the Galacticos' faithful, Coira said his favorite player was fellow Argentine Lionel Messi, who plays for F.C. Barcelona. Real and Barcelona face each other twice a year in Spain's top league in a game known as "El Clasico."

The first comments began arriving on Coira's Facebook page after noon ET Monday and had already digressed into a war of words between Real and Barca fans. There were also notes of congratulations. As of 3:15 p.m. ET, his YouTube page - which was launched Monday and hosted a lone video - had three comments.

There are mutterings of disgust that Real has signed a player too young for many amusement park rides, but signing young players is old hat in the beautiful game. Earlier this year, VVV Venlo of the Netherlands' top league reportedly signed an 18-month-old to a 10-year-contract. Yes, an 18-month-old.

If you want to see the toddler, Baerke van der Meij, use his toy box for target practice, you can check it out on YouTube.

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  1. PeterVancouver

    I just looked at one of my sperm samples under the microscope . Boy can they wiggle . And such stamina ! Please can I have a million dollars to buy one of them a place on the national swim team . Come the Olympic Games in 2028 and with all the Gold medals going to Chinese and Indian swimmers , you will regret not sponsoring my progeny . Just you wait and see !!!

    August 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon Elwood

      Thats awesome....

      August 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. unretired05


    August 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gomez the Gipsy Guy

    So in 12 yrs Real Madrid will finally win La Liga? Oh wait..Barcelona just signed three 8 yrs old and five 3 yr olds, 10 1 yr olds and have dibs on all of Messi's sperm too!

    August 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WiserThanEwe

    I just signed a contract for my grandson. And, I don't even have children yet. This is sweet.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. malmn

    This is child abuse.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy


    August 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ajd041

    @ BOB its just the biggest team sport next are tennis and golf

    August 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. U-Turn

    All it cost the tea for the signing was a bag of M&M's and a bottle of Pepsi. As a signing bonus, they gave the kid a Pokemon.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. ester

    "but signing young players is old hat in the beautiful game."...slavery also used to be old hat, but that's no reason to accept it today, nor should we continue to tolerate any form of child labor.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Doug

    What sport was this again? Crack baby basketball?

    August 9, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Brandon Elwood

    This kids is waiting for a club to come a knockin....superb passing, ball control and field vision...

    August 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard Vasquez

    This will now open the door for a much needed raise in babysitting fees. I will adopt some young sitters soon. We will take over the kitchens and sofas on planet earth! Obey all Kittens!
    Now go to your room.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Real Madrid

    Great news and great opportunity for that kids to prove himself as a great players...................

    August 10, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. idowu jimoh Adebayor

    i think signing a young players has no any effects because it will enhance them to face any chanlenges and moreover it will give them opportunities to achieve their aim and determine future because they are future light.happy for Realmadrid because it a great signing.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Salifu dampha

    Yea ofcouse because nobody knows what he will became he also have long way to go on an this a great signing 4rm realmadrid.and please take the example from messi.and tanks again and may god bless realmadrid for ever,and realmadrid the best club in the whole world.

    August 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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