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Football Star Makes History As Youngest Player To Score In European Championship At 16

The football world is still buzzing with excitement after a young star made history in the European Cup and discovered his adorable bond with football legend Lionel Messi.

Lamine Yamal, 16, became the youngest player to score in a European Championship match on Tuesday, July 9, when he scored for Spain, helping them beat France in the semi-finals.

“I don’t know if it was the most beautiful goal of the tournament, but for me it was the most special goal because it was the first goal I scored with the team in the European Championship,” Yamal said after his team’s victory, according to the Associated Press.

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Looking ahead to the next match, Yamal continued: “We are very happy to have reached the final. Now comes the most important part – to win the title. It was a difficult period as we did not expect to concede a goal so early. I just took the ball and wanted to put it right there.”

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Amid the celebrations for his big goal and Spain’s win, football fans have unearthed old photos of Yamal as a baby, being held by none other than Messi. The BBC has detailed the background to the photoshoot, which took place in 2007 when Messi was just 20 years old.

Lionel Messi holds Lamine Yamal in 2007.

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Messi posed for a photo with his baby Yamal during a charity calendar shoot in the dressing room at Barcelona’s Camp Nou. According to the BBC, Yamal’s family won a UNICEF raffle to have their photo taken with a Barça player at the camp.

The photo first resurfaced online earlier this month when Yamal’s father shared it on Instagram with the caption: “The beginning of two legends.”

The now-iconic photos were taken by Joan Monfort, a freelance photographer for the Associated Press, who spoke to the organization about the online attention the photos have generated.

“It’s very exciting to be associated with something that’s caused such a sensation,” he said.