Argentina grew up loving Ronaldo, but now they are learning from Messi

Alejandro Carnacho’s name may have gone unnoticed among the 39 other names called for Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Ecuador, but his call was very revealing.

The 17-year-old has yet to play a single minute for Manchester United’s first team, but his call-up to the senior Argentina team, even at youth level, shows how he caught the eye of Lionel Scaloni.

The call-up for the Madrid pioneer – whose mother was born in Argentina – was found earlier this month in the 40-man ad hoc team announced in Lionel Messi, where a very popular name was added.

Manchester United Academy production Alejandro Karnacho has yet to play in the first team.

However, he has been called up to the Argentina senior team for the World Cup qualifiers.

The United youngster has clearly become a star, sharing a photo with Messi on Instagram on Wednesday night, calling his striker “idol” in that post. If he did not speak to the people, Carnacho confirmed his public call.

‘This [call-up] People will talk about me, but I’m still young, it’s the beginning of my career, I’m just focused on playing football and getting better,” he said on United’s official website.

The Red Devils, who thwarted Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s interest in signing Carnaco from Atletico Madrid in 2020, played in U18, U19 and U23 on the left side of the attack.

This season, however, he reached another level, helping the Under-18s reach the club’s first FA Youth Cup final, whether they play Chelsea or Nottingham Forest next month, since their 2011 win over Sheffield. United.

He posted a photo with Lionel Messi (right) and is racking the brains of the PSG star

The 17-year-old has excelled at the tournament, scoring five times in four games and reaching the final with three assists, including wins against Scandrop, Reading, Everton, Leicester and Wolves.

He has scored 11 goals in all competitions, including Premier League 2, the UEFA Youth League and the U18s Premier League, along with six assists in 28 games.

was in a Fantastic solo goal against the Toffees U18s Shown on MUTV, where he paid tribute to his idol Man United and Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

Carnacho collected the ball deep in the United half before the start of the 60-yard dash, before entering the quarter-final with the defender, realizing the path to his goal had been blocked and went into instead of rolling the ball to the far corner. .

He then copied Ronaldo ‘Ciu’s’ trademark celebration and walked away with an 89th-minute victory in the quarter-final victory over Leicester.

Matched by a bicycle kick against the Stretford End against Skandorf, Everton’s solo goal was not the only extraordinary thing he played in the tournament.

Not surprisingly, the Spanish media described him as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Atlético Academy.

He is technically proficient and controls the ball well, making it a dream to defend while running down the opponent’s baseline.

In front of goal he is life-threatening and instinctively plays in and around the box. While playing for Piqué at Atlético’s Infante, he became Spain’s top scorer in 2016.

But his idol Cristiano Ronaldo has copied his celebration after stepping on the web this season

Carnacho is mostly right-handed, but comfortable on his left side, which allows him that versatility when dealing with the goalkeeper.

Although he can easily beat defenders and round goalkeepers with his fast legs, the teenager has the ability to find himself in the right place at the right time and is always hungry to pick up leftovers before goal.

It was that kind of talent that made him one of seven players not included in Argentina’s final squad, most of whom have dual nationality but believe South American legends can choose to play for them.

Carnacho is certainly one of those players who was born in the country’s capital and is qualified to represent Spain after representing La Roja at U18 level.

I was born in Madrid, but my mother and her family are from Argentina. It will be an honor to represent Argentina, as it was to play for Spain at that time,” said Carnacho.

He has scored five goals in four games for Man United in the race to the FA Youth Cup final.

La Albiceleste have already qualified for the Qatar World Cup this winter, allowing Sala Scaloni to use the upcoming qualifiers as an opportunity to give younger faces a taste of Argentina’s absolute international life.

But Scaloni wanted to emphasize that none of the youngsters would be pressured to represent Argentina as they were invited, insisting that they impressed the coaching staff.

“These kids, no matter how much they play with the Argentine team’s jersey tomorrow, they are not prohibited from playing with Argentina,” Scaloni said. Said via Mundo Albiceleste.

“These kids have to train with the Argentina Under 20 team, train with the senior team, see how the atmosphere is with the Argentine team, the Ezeiza training camp, and in the next call we want them to come. Chance to determine.

Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni insists that the coaches were attracted to the youngsters

“They are good kids, they can progress in quality, we can call them, nothing more,” added Scaloni.

“Looking at their conditions, we have to take advantage of the fact that we can’t look the other way and that they can play for our team. We’re very happy with the way they turned out.’

But Carnacho, who has already spoken to former Argentine stars, including those who have played for Liverpool and Barcelona, ​​seems at the moment to set his sights on becoming Argentina’s regular player.

“I am very grateful to the Argentina Under-20 coach Javier Masserano for leaving the club,” Karnacho said this week.

Carnacho also pays tribute to former Liverpool and Barcelona star Javier Masserano

‘Since they first became interested in me two or three months ago, he has always been caring and attentive to me, careful and considerate.’

With no shortage of luck and hard work, Karnacho now hopes to follow in the footsteps of Ralph Rangnick and Man United’s next boss Anthony Elanga as a regular first-team starter.

The future of Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Marshall is uncertain and the opportunities will be available next season.

But a successful international break, which begins against Venezuela on Friday night, could accelerate his impressive first-minute progress as a United senior.

With Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani getting older, Carnacho could take the top spot next season