Focus on South America

Decisions, decisions for 'the new Messi'

January 29, 2013
By Sam Kelly
"Barcelona sign the new Messi", ran the headlines on the inside pages of Argentina's sports sections. Set to turn fifteen two weeks after the signing, and hailing from Messi's hometown of Rosario, the youngster, smiling a little uncomfortably in the photo released to the press, seemed to have just too many great coincidences. And so it proved, initially; because this wasn't a story run recently, but rather almost five years ago, when Mauro Icardi was snapped up by Barcelona B from Vecindario, then ...

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