When Sergio Agüero made his Independiente debut against San Lorenzo aged 15 and 35 days in 2003, not only did he break an AFA record for being the youngest player at senior level football, previously held by Diego Maradona, but it became immediately obvious El Rojo had a prodigious talent on their hands. This was of course in Argentina’s top flight and has since been beaten by 14-year-old Antonio Erburu in 2014, playing for Independiente de Río Colorado in the Torneo Federal B (Argentina’s fourth tier) but this weekend, the bar was raised even further.
13-year-old Darío Roa made his first team debut for Racing de Trelew in the Federal B in a seven-minute cameo against Cruz del Sur de Bariloche. Racing de Trelew won the game 1-0 to remain top of Zone One but Roa has stolen the headlines by setting a new Argentine league record.
Roa is an attacking midfielder and only days earlier had played for the Racing youth side but manager Guillermo Samso opted to give him a taste of first team football on Sunday.
The youngster told reporters after making his debut: “I’m happy to have made debut with the first team. The coach asked me to stick to the oppostion’s five to recover the ball quickly and be able to attack.”
Whether or not Roa will go on to achieve anything else remains to be seen, as even the leap from the Torneo Federal B to the Primera is enormous, let alone thinking about anything greater.