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‘There is only one Messi!’ Romero bothered by comparisons to Barca star

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La Liga’s youngest debutant Luka Romero wants to be his own man and called for the ‘Mexican Messi’ nickname to stop.

Luka Romero surpassed Celta Vigo’s Sanson (1939/40, 15 years & 255 days) as La Liga’s youngest debutant at 15 years and 219 days old during RCD Mallorca’s 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid on June 24.

The teenager’s seven-minute cameo not only put his name into the history books, but fueled the growing comparisons between himself and Lionel Messi.

The Mexican-born Argentine is like Messi for his short stature and being left-footed. He also relishes close ball control and dribbling past his opponents.

When Romero became La Liga’s youngest debutant ever, it was also the day of Messi’s 33rd birthday.

But while many young players many consider it flattering to be nicknamed ‘Mexican Messi’, Romero is keen to escape the spotlight and make his own name.

“It bothers me because there is only one Messi,” Romero told Fox Sports.

“I want to make a name for myself in football as Luka Romero.”

Having Argentinian parents, being born in Mexico, and raised in Spain, means Romero is eligible for three different national teams.

But representing Argentina has always been Romero’s dream, having already played for La Albiceleste at youth level.

“I can choose, but if Argentina still loves me, I will continue playing there,” said the teenager on his international career plans.

“If possible, I want to play for the Argentina national team.”