The U17 World Cup is coming into its essential part and whereas Spain‘s absence might have diminished a few of its attraction in sure international locations, one participant is capturing consideration, significantly in Argentina.
Claudio Echeverri, nicknamed ‘El Diablito’, was born within the province of Chaco in 2006. Echeverri‘s standout efficiency towards Brazil has drawn international consideration, with comparisons to Lionel Messi rising.
Echeverri‘s outstanding feat towards Brazil, the place he turned the primary Argentine participant to attain three targets towards the staff with probably the most World Cup appearances, has ignited discussions about his potential.
Past his on-field prowess, the parallels prolong to his peak (1.70 m), mirroring the stature of the broadly regarded best footballer, Messi.
Enjoying for River Plate, the 17-year-old, has already secured an expert contract, a testomony to the membership’s recognition of his expertise.
His debut with the primary staff, marked by a purpose, emphasizes his promising future. Nonetheless, irregular begins have sparked protests from River Plate followers, illustrating the excessive expectations positioned on this rising expertise.
On European groups’ radar
Echeverri‘s expertise hasn’t gone unnoticed on the European stage. Golf equipment comparable to Roma, AC Milan, Feyenoord and Genk have reportedly included him of their scouting radar, underscoring the widespread recognition of his potential.
This echoes his early achievements, comparable to scoring 4 targets towards Juventus on the age of 11 and discovering the web in his debut for the reserve staff at 16.
Revenge towards Brazil
The U17 World Cup quarterfinal match towards Brazil was a vital juncture for each groups. Brazil secured victory, clinching the title of the South American U-17 Championship in April, thwarting Argentina‘s hopes.
Nonetheless, the following revenge on Brazil within the World Cup quarterfinals showcased Echeverri‘s brilliance, netting a hat trick and rekindling the nation’s soccer fervor. His assertion, “Ganar a Brasil fue sexo” (Beating Brazil was like intercourse), captured the euphoria and depth of the victory.
An electrical duo with Ruberto
One other rising star sharing the highlight is Agustin Ruberto, a teammate of Echeverri at River Plate.
Shut in age, simply 12 days aside, Ruberto has emerged because the match’s prime scorer alongside Echeverri, contributing considerably to Argentina’s purpose tally.
European curiosity, significantly from Brighton & Hove Albion, signifies that Ruberto can also be catching the attention of worldwide scouts.
The efficiency of this 2006 era is on the verge of constructing historical past. With simply 180 minutes – excluding doable further time – separating them from probably changing into the primary group of Argentines to elevate the U17 World Cup, the stakes are excessive.