Ernesto vecchio coached Messi in Newell's Old Boys Academy
If Messi makes us fall un love aged 27, imagine what happened when he was 8 or 9. He was the smallest in Rosario and delighted the whole Argentine city. In the fields where the child was growing, there was Ernesto Vecchio, Newell's Old Boys youth categories coach. "I remember he took the ball on his own field and dribbled all the opponents, as well as the goalkeeper, and when he was about to score he stopped, because the goalkeeper had suffered a blow. He asked the referee to help the goalkeeper," reveals Vecchio. The anecdotes surrounding the Argentine star when he was young are countless and those who saw him growing explain it with his eyes full of joy.
"I remember he took the ball on his own field and dribbled all the opponents, as well as the goalkeeper"
In an interview at UEFA's website, the former Messi coach explains that "watching him playing when he was just a kid was just impressive." He even confesses that "I couldn't believe what I was seeing. A kid with such quality able to do what he was doing with the ball."
Vecchio accepts that "any coach can tell a player what Messi, Maradona or Ronaldinho do, because they have innate technical qualities." The coach trained Messi when he was 8 or 9 years old and almost 20 years after he is not surprised with his level. "What surprised me is his physical evolution. The level he shows is the same aged 8 or 9, but 27." Ernesto Vecchio is one of the few to have the pleasure of having seen Messi grow as a child.