Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho was called up to Argentina’s senior squad earlier this month, allowing him to train alongside “idol” Lionel Messi.
Alejandro Garnacho, a Manchester United prospect, is relishing his first senior call-up to Argentina’s squad, where he will train alongside superstar compatriot Lionel Messi for the first time.
Garnacho is only 17 years old and has yet to make his senior debut for United, instead of playing for the Under-18s and Under-23s this season. However, he is expected to have a bright future, and Argentina is eager to beat Spain to his international allegiance.
The winger was born in Madrid and has previously represented Spain at the youth level, but Lionel Scaloni called him up to his senior squad earlier this month. Argentina’s manager is eager to give new faces a chance in World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela on Friday and Ecuador next Wednesday, even though his team has already secured a place in Qatar.
Garnacho described his call-up as a “dream” because it allowed him to learn from his “idol,” Messi, who captains the national team. On Wednesday, the teen took to Instagram to share a photo of himself posing next to the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, writing: “Dreams can and do come true. Idol…” Garnacho demonstrated his support for the cause by adding to his caption.
This also appears to indicate that the youngster prefers his compatriot to club colleague Cristiano Ronaldo, who has long been regarded as Messi’s fiercest rival at the pinnacle of European football. Garnacho hopes to play alongside Messi at some point during the international break to “learn a lot” from a new group of teammates. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play alongside star players of that caliber,” he told Manchester United’s official website.