Lionel Messi’s influence on the football world is unparalleled. Very few can match his aura and impact on football fanatics. The situation arises again, this time in the UEFA Euro 2024 competition. Neither player celebrated goals nor taunted the opposition in Messi style but – it’s the blessings he gave to a young prodigy who transformed into a megastar. Yes, it's 16-year-old Lamine Yamal who got the chance to meet the Argentine great while he was just still in his crib. Lamine Yamal Quick Facts: All You Need to Know About 15-Year-Old Barcelona’s Youngest Ever La Liga Player.

Lionel Messi Clicked with Young Lamine Yamal

it has emerged that Yamal came face to face with the Barcelona idol as a baby and was even bathed by Messi. Yamal's father Later gave clarification on the photos as they were from a charity photoshoot organised by Sport and were taken in 2007 for a calendar. Messi was also a rising star at the time but a household name during that period. Fans can watch Messi holding Yamal and later poses with the rising star’s family also.  The pictures.

Lionel Messi Effect on Lamine Yamal?

While there is a long shot on the claims regarding Messi’s effect on Yamal’s development into the player he is now, fans will be happy to see a Messi-alike player on the field. Yamal has shown great development in football and is now part of Barcelona’s squad (just like Messi). Currently, Yamal is enjoying an excellent breakthrough season with Barca and has been a protagonist in Spain's journey to the Euro 2024 semi-finals. Lamine Yamal, 16-Year-Old Footballer, Seen Doing Homework After Helping Spain Register Win Over Croatia in UEFA Euro 2024 (See Pics).

In his record-breaking debut in the Euro 2024 competition, He became the youngest player to feature in the competition. He even set a record for the youngest assist maker in the Euros competition. He played a vital role in Spain’s first goal against Germany in the quarterfinal and has shown many Lionel Messi traits at a young age. At the club level also, he holds the record as the youngest to ever play for Barcelona as well as the youngest to play in a Champions League knockout game. While Messi is in dawn years, fans will be pleased to see a similar player coming in.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 07, 2024 10:56 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website