By Windsor Genova

Madrid, Spain

Real Madrid has signed 7-year-old Leonel Angel Coira.

Coira signed to Madrid's youth academy after the club saw him tryout. He will start training with the youth team Sept 6.

Coira is from Argentina like his idol Lionel Messi, who plays for Madrid rival Barcelona and has won the World Player of the Year award two times.

"(My) dream is to meet Messi, play in the first division with Madrid and for Argentina in the World Cup," Coira told the Spanish newspaper ABC.

Coira's family moved to Madrid three years ago after his father, Miguel, was offered a job in the Spanish capital.

Madrid reportedly made the push to sign Coira because Atletico Madrid was also pursuing the youngster.

"After tryouts with both clubs, he felt more comfortable with (Real) Madrid," Miguel Coira told ABC.

"I trust the club a lot. I know they will take good care of him."


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