It's in today's Globo
The European clubs' relentless search for talented foreigners to replace their domestic mediocrities respects no age limits. On the contrary: the younger the better, as is the case with Argentinian Martin Acevedo, a mere 12-year-old who is still climbing Boca Juniors' youth divisions. He participated in one match in Spain and now he's coveted by Atletico Madrid. Her already wore Atletico's shirt and announced that he'd like to play with his compatriot Sergio "Kun" Aguero.
To try and hold on to the Argentinian club's revelation, Boca's president Mauricio Macri went looking for the child's parents, who are tempted to trade Benos Aires for Madrid.
– I'm sad. The club works to form players, dreaming that they'll reach the First Division someday, but they leave long before they ever debut - lamented Macri, in an interview published by Argentinian newspaper "Clarin".
The club president mentioned that the kid's parents were offered "education, care and the chance to play for Boca, one of the biggest clubs in the world", but he didn't offer the parents jobs
, as Atletico Madrid reportedly has.
– I understand the parents: suddenly a big club from a serious contry appears, wanting to take their son away and offering them jobs in exchange. It's interesting for the family - said Macri.
Martin Acevedo was taken to Spain by Alejandro Ruitiña, a friend of Sergio "Kun" Aguero. The boy participated in a mini-tournament involving the Catalunyan NT, Barcelona, Sevilla and Internazionale.
It's not the first case of premature transfer that Boca has to fight. The club faces a battle to make 19-year-old Oscar Trejo, who's already training with Mallorca, return to Argentina. He was selected for Boca's pre-season but decided to go to Europe.
– If things continue like this, the clubs that form players will disappear and I wonder where Europeans will get the players from – questioned Macri.
TWELVE f**kin' YEARS OLD?!?!?
What's next? Offering contracts to kindergarten babies? Recruiting the sperm found in South Americans' condoms?!? And the pathethic thing is that later these shameless cradle-robbers will invite these kids to join their laughable National Teams, in a desperate attempt to raise those NTs above their usual mediocrity.
Really, it's becoming a joke. Signing professionals who are better than theirs is one thing, but this
needs to be done to control this shameless plunder of younger-and-younger foreign talent that the Europeans are turning into a habit.
And in the end, Macri raises a good question. If the clubs that do form new talents stop doing so because all their investments are stolen by richer Yurp clubs, where WILL the Europeans get their players from?