Fans stunned by old photoshoot of Lionel Messi holding baby Lamine Yamal

Fans stunned by old photoshoot of Lionel Messi holding baby Lamine Yamal

At the age of 16, Lamine Yamal has made a name for himself in the football world and is already being compared to some of the sport’s legends.

It is therefore only logical that he was surrounded by football greats at a young age – at least for a short time.

As Yamal plays for Spain in the 2024 European Championship, photos from a 2007 photoshoot of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi posing for a charity calendar while holding a baby boy just a few months old have begun circulating on social media. That baby turned out to be Yamal.

Messi was a 20-year-old phenomenon at the time and in his fourth season at Barcelona.

Sixteen years later, Yamal now plays for Barcelona and on Tuesday became the youngest player to score at a major tournament with a goal in Spain’s 2-1 win over France in the semi-finals of Euro 2024.

Football fans looked back with great pleasure on this improbable photoshoot: