Real Madrid have beaten La Liga rivals Barcelona to the signing of American sensation - 11-year-old Joshua Pynadath.
Having caught the eye in a highlights reel whilst playing for De Anza Force Soccer Club back in the US, Real Madrid officials invited Pyndath to train with the club during Thanksgiving week.
Suitably impressed, Madrid offered Pyndath a second extended trial period, whilst Barcelona were also keeping a close eye on the situation.
Madrid officials saw enough potential in Pyndath to offer him a place in their famed Castilla Academy, where the likes of Iker Casillas, Juan Mata and Tottenham's latest recruit Roberto Soldado all learnt their trade.
Pyndath, an under-11 player based in California's Bay Area, joins Alevin A team for the 2013/14 season, having opted for Madrid over Barcelona.
Speaking to Los Altos Town Crier, the young prodigy commented: “I was blown away when I got the official news from Real Madrid,” he said.
“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.”
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Pyndath's favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo, and like the Portuguese superstar he is renowned for his dribbling ability and fancy footwork.
And if Pyndath can go on to replicate Ronaldo's achievements on the pitch, Real Madrid will have one hell of a player on their hands.
Watch the video of Pyndath's trial game with Real Madrid (below), and let us know if you think the kid tipped for stardom has what it takes to become the next big thing.
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