A nine-year-old boy from Scotland has turned down the remarkable opportunity of playing for Barcelona, after the Spanish giants made an approach to sign him.
According to the Daily Record, Alejandro Maroto, from Paisley, was offered the chance to train and play alongside the Catalan club’s most promising starts of tomorrow in the club’s youth academy – the same school which reared talents like Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Leo Messi.
Alejandro was actually born in Majorca but moved to Scotland when he was just four and now holds a valid UK passport and citizenship.
He was invited on an initial week-long trial with Barcelona but was then offered a year-long stint in Spain but it looks like he’ll be carrying on his development in Scotland with his parents.
Alejandro has apparently also trained with Hearts and Rangers, and is currently part of the Scotland Boys Club Academy of Football, run by former Manchester City and Coventry star Bobby McDonald.
Along with the likes of Karamoko Dembele, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan must be hoping these lads take a growth spurt sooner rather than later!
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