Leonel Coira Video: Watch 7-Year-Old Real Madrid Signee in Action

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2011

Remember when you were seven and the highlight of your day was bamboozling some unsuspecting classmate in a lopsided lunch trade? Can you imagine how excited you would be if one of the most prominent teams in the history of soccer inked you to a deal?

Real Madrid signed seven-year-old Leonel Coira to a youth development contract.

Way to go, kid.

To show enough promise at such a young age to have a team like Real Madrid take notice is nothing short of incredible.

It's as bizarre as when Freddy Adu found himself on a Wheaties box before he even hit 15, perhaps even more so. Here we have a second-grader who's already a more highly touted soccer player than most of the world could ever dream to be.

Are we really to believe that this little guy is already showing signs of developing into the next Lionel Messi? Maybe that's too far of a stretch, but the kid has some skills. Even in this brief clip, it's evident he's no typical second-grader.

Real Madrid has undoubtedly seen more of him than is available on this video. They aren't the first team to take a gamble on a player far too young for most scouts to ever look at.

David Sillis, a 13-year-old seventh-grader, was offered a scholarship to play quarterback at USC.

It's incredibly risky to dabble in the scouting of kids who are this far away from participating. So much can transpire between now and the time in which they actually play that it seems almost futile to try to evaluate players so young.

It's also going to be interesting to see how Coira handles the buzz. We all saw Adu peak at a young age and regress. It's not out of the question to assume that Coira could lose drive and get caught up in his own hype machine.

Even so, it's pretty awesome for him for the time being. What Real Madrid has done is borderline insane, but they are going to look like geniuses if this kid turns out to be half the player they are hoping he is.

The bar is being set unfairly high, but for the time being, Coira is officially the coolest kid in his elementary school.

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