Rival coach compares Barcelona prodigy to Lionel Messi


Real Mallorca's Mexican coach Javier Aguirre (R) looks on before the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona on March 8, 2024.
Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images

The aftermath of the game against Mallorca saw FC Barcelona take away three very important points. In the face of desperation, the Catalan giants somehow managed to take away a key victory from a tense affair. Most of the credit for that will likely and understandably also go to the youngsters of Barcelona.

Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi, in particular, stood out for their contributions. The Spanish defender kept Mallorca at bay on the pitch of the Montjuic Stadium for the entirety of the game, while Yamal was the hero of the hour with his brilliant goal and various efforts that put a dagger through the heart of Javier Aguirre’s side.

However, even the Mallorca coach himself was nothing short of astounded by Yamal’s prodigious display. After the game, as highlighted by Mundo Deportivo, he compared the youngster to a certain Argentinian who used to light up the Camp Nou in his Barcelona days:

“I saw Messi quick as a rat years ago… and Lamine also seems like a rat, the scoundrel… if this continues, Lamine will bring many joys to Barça. Cubarsí shines less for not deciding games, Lamine has been defining games for a while now…”

His remark for Cubarsi clearly shows that he understands the value of the defender as well. It is an honest truth of the footballing world that forwards tend to get more recognition than defenders, but elite coaches tend to notice the contributions on both ends.

He also directed even more praise towards Yamal’s goal in particular for Barcelona, claiming it to have been something Mallorca could not have done anything against to stop it from going in:

“With that goal, you have to applaud it, there’s nothing else to do. We made a great effort but in the end, it wasn’t enough. Defeats, even if honorable, hurt. But we can be satisfied with the work.”

Such words of praise would do well to keep igniting the confidence of young Lamine Yamal. Already ascending at a speed beyond anyone’s wildest imaginations, the young 16-year-old continues to dream big. For Barcelona, he may very well be the answer to their problems this season and for years to come.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

Recommended Articles

Related Articles

€50m Barcelona winger gives a clear message about his future

FC Barcelona are going to see several changes in their team before the current summer transfer window ends....

Barcelona identify €20m Brazilian as Joshua Kimmich alternative

Ever since Sergio Busquets left Barcelona at the end of the 2022-23 season for Inter Miami, the club...

Rodri says ‘unbelievable’ Barcelona player can now achieve whatever he wants

The main core of the recently successful Spanish National team included two key Barcelona players. One of them...

Barcelona €70m player might need surgery to recover from latest injury

Although several of their players enjoyed international glory this summer, the two international tournaments, UEFA EURO 2024 and...

Fabrizio Romano says Barcelona are set to advance talks with €60m transfer target’s camp

FC Barcelona will do whatever they can this summer to give Hansi Flick the squad he wants. La...

The two foundations from Bayern that Flick wants to incorporate at Barcelona

FC Barcelona have finally kicked things off with Hansi Flick now being the man in command. The German...

Flick to start his first season at Barcelona with a midfield headache

Hansi Flick has already started training his new team, i.e., FC Barcelona, and he will have two years...

The seven records that Lamine Yamal broke at the 2024 Euros

FC Barcelona has seen many of the club’s most crucial players take part in various competitions for their...

Barcelona are yet to test Ronald Araujo themselves – report

The fitness of the players at FC Barcelona is a major priority for the club this summer. Ever...

Barcelona want to thrust Lamine Yamal into absolute stardom

Not everything that FC Barcelona focuses on is limited to the sporting achievements of the team. Instead, the...

The two routes that Barcelona can take with Gavi this summer

At the moment, FC Barcelona are working on regaining their best version for the preseason. The Catalan club,...

Barcelona continue to keep the latest addition to Flick’s staff a secret

For the first time in a long while, there is a mixture of excitement and anxiety at Barcelona....