"New Manchester City signing Julian Alvarez has been dubbed by many as ""the next Lionel Messi."" But what makes the youngster special?

Born on 31 January, 2000, 22 year old Alvarez was almost destined for a path straight to Madrid after impressing on trial at the Spanish capital when he was only 11 years old. He scored two goals in five appearances to help La Liga giants Real Madrid win a youth tournament in 2011.

Madrid's policy to wait until a foreign player is 13 prevented him from making a permanent switch at the time. He also had trials with Boca Juniors before before he joined River Plate from local side Atletico Calchin in 2016.
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