Looks like the next big thing is here. Well almost, 15 years or so away. The person we are referring to is a 4 year old Englishman Archie Shepherd. ‘Little Messi’, as he is known as, has already caught the attention of major football clubs. West Ham, Arsenal & Chelsea are already helping to train the 4 year old star in the hope that he might join one of their youth academies on a full-time basis, according to the Mail.
At the moment he practices twice a week with West Ham’s U-6 academy team, once a week with Arsenal and for a part of last summer he was at Chelsea’s Summer School.
His father, Pat Shepherd, says Archie eats, sleeps and breathes the game.
“He has played club football since he was three but even when he was a baby he didn’t want toys, he just wanted a football,” the elder Shepherd said. “He doesn’t stop playing and he doesn’t care if kids are bigger than him — he shows no fear.”
Archie recently scored 10 goals in one game for his club County Park FC, against a team of boys two years his senior.
‘He is a normal height for a four-year-old but his natural skills and footwork are way above average for his age.’
Though he is known as ‘Little Messi’ Archie says: ‘I love football.
‘I like Real Madrid – when I grow up I want to be Cristiano Ronaldo.’
Picture Source: Essex News and Pictures.