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“New Messi” Pellegri Gets His Debut

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Genoa striker Pietro Pellegri – who has been described as being the “new Messi” – has equalled the record for the youngest player to make their Serie A debut.

The teenager came off the bench in the closing stages of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Torino on Thursday evening, making his first appearance at the age of 15 years and 280 days. That equals the record set by Roma’s Amedeo Amadei in 1937, who made his bow for the capital outfit at the exact same age.

And former Genoa boss Gian Piero Gasperini has previously compared him to Barcelona star Lionel Messi, saying: “I have with me the new Messi – I just hope he can keep level headed!”