Fans of Manchester City can’t wait for their dear club to secure the services of Lionel Messi as part of their short-term quest to win the Champions League for the next three or four years.
They are also thrilled by moves being made to woo Messi’s heir, Dario Sarmiento who will help keep their titles hope alive in the long term. We bring you facts about the wonderkid who has legends kneeling at his feet.
Born on the 29th Day of March 2003, Sarmiento falls in the demographic group known as Zoomer (people born between the late 90s and early 2000). He was born in the town of Florencio Varela which is just 30 kilometres from Laa Plata.
Like most wonderkids, Sarmiento embraced football quite early. He was only 6 years old when he began his journey in the sport with Independiente. It wasn’t until 2009 that the then football enthusiast switched to Estudiantes which was very close to his home.
Sarmiento rise through the ranks of The Rat Stabbers was meteoric such that he earned his senior debut in 2019 at the age of 16, six months and six days. It was the same year he helped Argentina U16s win two competitive events. They are the Montaigu Tournament and Torneo de Desarrollo.
Brought Legendary Alejandro Sabella to his Kneels
We weren’t kidding when we said Sarmiento has Legends kneeling before him. Did you know that Argentine legend and manager Alejandro Sabella went on his kneels upon meeting the forward?
“He came to me and asked if I was Sarmiento, I said yes and he knelt down,” the 17-year-old told ESPN. “He said I was going to be a star, but I need to be calm and live in the present.
“I was nervous, I couldn’t believe it. My legs were literally shaking, I didn’t know what to say. I still get nervous when I tell the story and imagine that moment.”
Reports have it that the legend was quick to shout “Hallelujah!” when he first saw Sarmiento in action. The winger’s confidence on the ball with quick feet convinced the man who once coached Lionel Messi that he has found a mini Messi.
Draws Comparisons with Lionel Messi
Dubbed Mini Messi, Sarmiento’s style of play is similar to that of his compatriot Lionel Messi. He runs with the ball stuck to his left foot and doesn’t shy from completing dribbles at great speed. It would be interesting to note that the youngster admires Messi.
The offensive midfielder is motivated by family. In fact, Sarmiento do what he does to make his family proud of him, especially his late grandfather. When he made his historical debut he dedicated the occasion to his grandfather because the deceased always believed in the youngster. He must have been close to Sarmiento than his dad Marcelo and little-known mother.
Takes Education Serious
The Florencio Varela native takes his education very serious. After making his senior debut on a weekend, he was back to school on Monday to continue his daily routine of acquiring knowledge. The way Sarmiento figures it, important games in life are won in classrooms than outfields.
When Will He Arrive Manchester City?
No thanks to Brexit rules, Sarmiento will not be able to make it to England this month. According to South American football expert Tim Vickery: “Sarmiento is not 18 until March, so City can’t take him until the next transfer window, but the negotiation is definitely happening.”