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A schoolboy from California will join the Real Madrid academy programme later this year, becoming the first American ever to do so.

Ronaldo is the player Joshua Pynadath wants to emulate.
Joshua Pynadath, 11, shone in a trial in Madrid earlier this year, with the club swiftly inviting him back.

Now the Los Altos Hills youngster and his family will move to Madrid at the end of August, enabling him to spend a year with Real's Alevin A team.

Joshua, whose favourite player is Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo - a man whose career he wants to emulate - told the Los Altos Town Crier: "I was blown away when I got the official news from Real Madrid.

"They told me that I was the first American that they have ever accepted into their academy. I told them that I would set a good example."


With an 11-year-old American kid signed to Real Madrid's youth academy, Los Blancos continue their charm offensive with U.S. football fans, writes Nicholas Rigg. Blog

He had been drawn to Real's attention a year ago, when scouts saw a video of him playing for his local De Anza Force Soccer Club and were so impressed by his skills that they invited him to train in Spain for a week.

That went so well that he returned for the second trial – having also had a short trial with Barcelona – and he said: "The Real Madrid academy team and coaches seemed very excited to have me back - it was like I had never left.

"Both trials were very serious, as kids are fighting to either keep a spot or to earn a spot. It was a very good feeling to be able to play well against this top competition, since the level and speed of play over there is amazing."
 

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Nothing personal but I don't see why the kid needs his own thread, atleast in this stage.

I mean kids are bought(in some way or another) by Madrid, Barca, etc etc in this early age all the time. Only thing that puts this one in the headlines is he's from the US.

I don't know, maybe it's just me.
 

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No, it aint just you. I teammate of mine told me last week that his cousin went to a Milan tryout in a neighbour city. ain't much to it. All teams try to find players, but someone of that age (11) can't be judged.
 

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:palm: Because he's from the US, and this is exciting news for us?



O Rly!?



No friggin shit, Einstein, lol.
You need a hug?

All you have to do is ask.

If it's exciting news for you cause he's from the US, the US forum is where this should be.
 
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