Lazio forced to deny claims that 17-year-old is actually in his 40s

Lazio documents 'prove' Minala is not 41Photo: Getty Images

Lazio have released a pair of statements denying the accusation that 17-year-old youth player Joseph Minala is actually 41.

Minala has been the subject of much ridicule and abuse for appearing much older than 17 since becoming one of the youngest players in recent years to be promoted to Lazio’s senior side. Quotes have even emerged from Senegalese website Senego.net that claim Minala confessed that he will turn 42 — more than twice his listed age — in August, and that he lied about his age in order to send money home to his family in Cameroon.

The player has since denied these allegations via Lazio’s website, and the club released an additional statement backing the player and even threatening with legal action.

From BBC

[Minala] said: “I have read the alleged statements posted on the website senego.net in which it says I confessed my real age which was different to what was stated in my [official] documents.

"They are false statements that have been attributed to me by people who do not know."

Lazio added:

"Lazio denounce this latest attempt from hostile figures to throw a sinister light on this club” and are prepared to take legal action to “protect the good name” of the club and its players.

imagePhoto: Instagram

Since the story went viral, Minala received so many taunts over his appearance that he even shut down all his social media accounts. But before doing so, Minala hit back at his critics with one final tweet, saying:

"Envy is the weakness of man and people of poor souls feel pain seeing others in Serie A. I love you all. Forza Lazio."

Words of true wisdom… for a man so young!


11-year-old prodigy becomes first American to join Real Madrid academy

America has longed for a world soccer star like Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s taken an eternity, but we may have finally found one.

Too good to be true? Pinch yourself. 

Joshua Pynadath is an 11-year-old US soccer prodigy and just became the first American to sign with Spanish giants Real Madrid. And did I mention he is American? I think I’m about to pass out.

Pynadath, from Los Altos Hills, CA, was offered a trial at Real last year after having been discovered in a highlight video of his youth club De Anza Force SC in California’s Bay Area. The trial earned him a second tryout this spring, and clearly, that one went so well that Real Madrid finally made the deal. Barcelona also held a tryout for the US youngster, but Pynadath had wanted to sign with Madrid, his favorite club, all along.

After the big move, Joshua told his hometown paper, Los Altos Town Crier:

"I was blown away when I got the official news from Real Madrid. They told me that I was the first American that they have ever accepted into their academy. I told them that I would set a good example."

Though he still has a lot of growing up to do, Pynadath seems destined for greatness and hey, maybe one day he could — dare I say — lead the United States to World Cup glory.

We’re rooting for you, Joshua.

Video by The Guardian


Last Thursday, Manchester City opened their 4th soccer field in the USA at Haas Park in Chicago.

This new lighted field joins those recently built in Los Angeles, Miami and New York through its City Soccer in the Community Initiative. Very cool addition to the community, and the kids are clearly quite excited about it!

It’s always great to see more and more of the youth in America getting out onto the soccer field and playing the beautiful game!