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Photo of Messi with baby Lamine Yamal goes viral

Messi holding baby Yammal Photo credit: Joan Monfort/AP

Photos of Lionel Messi, former Barcelona player and club legend, carrying Lamine Yamal, the Spanish teenage sensation taking the European Championship (Euro) 2024 by storm, have surfaced online.

The 16-year-old prodigy dropped a scintillating performance for Spain against France on Tuesday, netting a wonder goal that led La Roja to a 2-1 win.

Yamal has also been one of the best performers in the tournament, and his heroics have seen internet users dig out his pictures as a baby.

In one of the now-viral photos, Messi, the Argentine superstar who broke numerous records with Barcelona, was seen holding baby Yamal in his arms.

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Another photo, shared by Yamal’s father on Instagram, showed the football star, also a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, in a plastic tub filled with water, his mother and Messi, who was 20.

“The beginning of two legends ❤️,” Yamal’s father wrote.

 

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The photos were taken by Joan Monfort for AP in 2007 as part of a raffle won by Yamal’s parents in his hometown of Mataro. The Spanish youngster’s family visited Camp Nou Stadium for the photoshoot.

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Yamal is the youngest player to represent Spain in a European Championship.

He will lead Spain in the Euro 2024 final where they will meet either England or the Netherlands in Berlin on July 14.

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