Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Youngest La Liga Goalscorer: 16-Year Old Iker Muniain

Athletic Bilbao’s 16-year-old forward Iker Muniain became the youngest scorer in La Liga when he earned them a point in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Real Valladolid. Muniain, who turns 17 in December and was a second-half substitute, picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area in the 77th minute and his snap shot was good enough to beat Jacobo Sanz in the Valladolid goal for the second equalizer.

That goal made him the youngest goalscorer in La Liga, at 16 years 289 days. Iker Muniain has been breaking records this year, becoming Bilbao's youngest debutant as well as youngest goalscorer. His introduction to the football world seem to draw parallels to Wayne Rooney's own journey in the English Premier League.

Very quick as are most teenaged players, he has a low centre of gravity and is deceptively strong. He has burst onto the scene both in Europe and domestically. Athletico Bilbao, by virtue of their final appearance in last season's King's Cup, plays in the Europa League with Muniain excellent against Austria Vienna, scoring one goal and assisting in one other.

See for yourself this newest potential superstar of Spanish football in this video highlights by ibrahimovicATHLETIC.

His development will be worth watching and his prodigious talents should be nurtured by a father figure. Wayne Rooney was fortunate to have Sir Alex Ferguson mould him into the determined and motivated competitor with medals to show. 17-year old Jack Wilshere's progressive introduction into the rigours of senior football is carefully planned by the professorial Arsene Wenger.

If interested, Barcelona's Pep Guardiola could be the man to bring the best out of Iker Muniain. What do you think? Could Iker Muniain, given time, become the world's best footballer?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

now you know, what a slow blogger but anyway nice post,

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