Lamine Yamal’s Ideal Player: Barcelona Star Takes Messi’s Left Foot, Neymar’s Right Foot and Skills

Lamine Yamal’s Ideal Player: Barcelona Star Takes Messi’s Left Foot, Neymar’s Right Foot and Skills

Joel Reyes
March 26, 2024 at 8:29 AM
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  • Barcelona's Lamine Yamal was asked to build his ideal player in a now-viral video
  • The Spanish teen star picked Lionel Messi to provide the left foot to his ideal player
  • He also selected Neymar's skills and right foot as things his player should possess

Lamine Yamal is a huge Lionel Messi fan.

He has mentioned countless times in the past that the Argentina captain is his idol.

It isn't a complete surprise, then, to see the 16-year-old Barcelona star include Messi when constructing his ideal player.

Neymar, Lamine Yamal, Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Robert Lewandowski, Frenkie De Jong, Ousmane Dembele, Inter Miami.
Neymar (left) controls the football; Lamine Yamal (middle) representing Spain; Lionel Messi (right) in action for Inter Miami. Images: Yasser Bakhsh/ Marc Atkins/ Mike Ehrmann.
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Lamine Yamal's ideal player

Lionel Messi's left foot

In the now-viral video, Yamal picked Messi to provide the left foot for his ideal player.

That was an obvious choice for the teen phenom, with the bulk of the Inter Miami star's goals coming via his magical left foot.

Messi scored a total of 672 goals in his career with Barcelona.

Neymar's right foot

Yamal picked Neymar to provide the right foot for his ideal player.

The Brazilian star scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for Barcelona during his time in Spain.

Neymar's skills

What made Neymar such a fun player to watch was his dribbling wizardry, as well as his creativity and flair when controlling the football.

Yamal wanted to incorporate Neymar's football skills when building his ideal player.

Ousmane Dembele's speed

Yamal wanted his player to be fast as well and when it comes to speed, Ousmane Dembele is the king.

His speed was the fastest among the players in the Champions League back in 2022, clocking in at 36.6 kph, per UEFA.

Sergio Busquets' passing

The success of Barcelona in the 2000s and 2010s wouldn't be possible without the brilliance of Sergio Busquets in midfield.

He helped unlock Barca's attack with his passing technique, an attribute that Yamal wants for his ideal player.

Oriol Romeu's strength

Yamal picked Oriol Romeu to provide the strength for his ideal player. The 32-year-old defensive midfielder has been a rock for Barcelona when deputised in the middle of the park.

Frenkie De Jong's stamina

Yamal picked Frenkie De Jong to provide the stamina for his ideal player. The 26-year-old Dutchman has been a tireless worker for Barcelona this campaign and that fits perfectly with the player Yamal is building.

Robert Lewandowski's finishing

When it comes to finishing in front of goal, there's no better player at Barcelona right now than Robert Lewandowski. He has scored 20 goals for the Spanish giants this season, 13 of which came in La Liga, per TransferMarkt.

Ilkay Gundogan's football IQ

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed Gundogan's football IQ during their time together in England and the German star has brought that footballing acumen to Barcelona.

Yamal has noticed that first hand and he will like his ideal player to have that tactical know-how as well.

Yamal's hair style

When it comes to style, Yamal knows best. He decided to leave his own imprint on his ideal player, using his unique hair style.

Yamal's market value compared to EPL stars

Sports Brief recently reported on the Premier League stars with lesser market value than Yamal.

The Barcelona youngster is now worth €75 million after impressing for the Spanish giants this season.

Among the players who have lesser value than the teen star in England are Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, and Bruno Fernandes.

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