‘Beginning of two legends’: Photos of Messi and baby Lamine Yamal resurfaceon July 10, 2024 at 7:17 am

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Photos of Lionel Messi bathing Spanish 16-year-old star Lamine Yamal as a baby have gone viral.

35 minutes ago

By George Wright, BBC News

Joan Monfort/AP Lamine Yamal as a baby with Lionel Messi in 2007Joan Monfort/AP

In 2007, a young Lionel Messi posed for photos with a baby in the dressing room of the Camp Nou in Barcelona for a charity calendar photoshoot.

Messi, who was 20, was already making a name for himself and would go on the become arguably the greatest of all time.

But little did the photographer know that the baby would also make waves in international football less than 17 years later.

Messi was bathing Lamine Yamal – the 16-year-old who is taking the European Championships by storm.

His goal against France in the semi-final on Tuesday is one that will be talked about for decades.

At 16 years and 362 days, the strike also made him the youngest man to score in the tournament’s history.

The long-forgotten photo of Messi and Yamal resurfaced after Yamal’s father posted it on Instagram last week with the text: “The beginning of two legends.”

The photos were taken by Joan Monfort, who works as a freelance photographer for the Associated Press.

The shoot came about after Unicef did a raffle in the town of Mataró where Lamine’s family lived, he said.

“They signed up for the raffle to have their picture taken at the Camp Nou with a Barça player. And they won the raffle,” Mr Monfort told the Associated Press.

The assignment wasn’t a straightforward one, the photographer said.

“Messi is a pretty introverted guy, he’s shy,” he said.

“He was coming out of the locker room and suddenly he finds himself in another locker room with a plastic tub full of water and a baby in it. It was complicated. He didn’t even know how to hold him at first.”

Joan Monfort/AP Lamine Yamal as a baby with Lionel Messi in 2007Joan Monfort/AP

Like Messi, Yamal went on to play for Barcelona, where he became the club’s youngest ever starter and goalscorer, as well as the youngest scorer in the Spanish league.

Mr Monfort said it was only when the photo started going viral online last week that he realised that the baby was Yamal.

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

“To tell you the truth it’s a very nice feeling.”

- Advertisement -

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

Fifa Best Awards 2022: England Lionesses and Lionel Messi lead nomineeson January 12, 2023 at 6:36 pm

Argentina forward Lionel Messi and England trio Leah Williamson, Beth Mead and Keira Walsh are among the nominees for the Fifa Best Awards.Argentina forward...

Ezra Miller: The Flash actor pleads not guilty to burglaryon October 18, 2022 at 11:38 am

The Flash actor is accused of entering a neighbour's home without permission and stealing alcohol.Image source, Getty ImagesBy Paul GlynnEntertainment reporterEzra Miller has pleaded...

Berney Arms: The hamlet that has all but disappearedon January 13, 2022 at 1:33 am

What does the future hold for an isolated hamlet surrounded by marshland in Norfolk?

Student with rare disease to stay in UK after immigration battleon November 20, 2023 at 6:12 am

The Home Office grants an Egyptian national leave to remain due to lack of treatment in his home country.The Home Office grants an Egyptian...

Six million Sky routers had serious security flawon November 19, 2021 at 9:01 am

The issue, which could have let hackers take over home networks, took 18 months to fix, researchers say.About six million Sky routers had a...