Let it be known that the Under 11’s version of Barcelona against Real Madrid, now better known as the “Mini-Clasico”, is just as dramatic and enthralling to watch as it’s glamorous parent fixture.
Forget about Neymar, Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo preparing for this weekend’s derby clash for one moment. Stepping up to the spotlight ahead of these footballing heavyweights were the academy youth of Real Madrid and Barcelona – the sporting stars of the future.
With player ages ranging between 10 and 11 years old, the fixture fell in the final match of the MIC 2016 tournament at the weekend – a tournament which hosts some of the best youth team competition in Europe.
As the tournament neared it’s conclusion, both of Spain’s heavyweight academy outfits emerged from the knock-out rounds to set up an enticing finale for the competition.
Barca’s Alevin A team went on to win the match 2-0 in a dominating display thanks to goals from youngsters Marc Jurado and Toni Caravaca:
Donning the number 10 jersey, Toni Caravaca announced himself to the footballing world in spectacular fashion – potentially foreshadowing what is yet to come in the youngster’s promising future.
Taking responsibility from around 30-yards out, Caravaca stepped up confidently to perfectly sweep an inch perfect free-kick into the top corner of the Madrid net.
Caravaca demonstrated that he was not only a dead ball specialist over the course of the fixture. Evidently brimming with confidence from his earlier strike, Barca’s forward ran rampant down the flanks, showboating to the crowd.
Barca goalscorer Toni Caravaca also did THIS v Real Madrid pic.twitter.com/f36gsQtvwF
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) March 27, 2016
In a game where a host of talented youngsters were keen to stamp their mark on the “Mini-Clasico”, there was an extensive highlight reel of impressive skills and immaculate footwork – particularly from Barca’s Alevin A side.
Judging from this stunning dribble in possession, Barcelona may already have their heir to Lionel Messi’s throne through 10-year-old Pablo Lopez:
— La Masia (@Youngcules) March 27, 2016
Despite being on the losing side, the Madrid youth side were keen to show their strength of character; one Los Blancos defender provided an uncanny impression of star Sergio Ramos, as he attempted to motivate his team:
راموس جديد pic.twitter.com/eNvhscGxQN
— أبو جورج – ï:NJRHD (@i_NJR_YT) March 26, 2016
Following the emphatic victory, the Barcelona youngsters were obviously delighted with the result, celebrating in traditional Barcelona fashion around their MIC trophy on the pitch post-match:
— La Masia (@Youngcules) March 26, 2016