£30m Spurs star shows of street football skills

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Erik Lamela's transfer from Roma to Tottenham on the final days of the summer transfer window completed a rapid rise for the young forward, who went from the streets of Buenos Aires to the Premier League in less than a decade.

The Argentina international moved to north London following the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, with the former's transfer fee of £30 million a club record for Tottenham - demonstrating the potential of the 21-year-old.

Lamela has been marked out as a superstar from an early age with Barcelona reported to have offered a significant sum to sign the new Spurs player when he was only a seven-year-old.

However, he remained in Argentina during his formative years - signing for River Plate - where his exploits led to TransWorldSport documenting his progress aged 12.

Lamela had scored an incredible 120 goals for River Plate's youth side the season before film crew flew to his home city and, as the documentary shows, he owed much of his ball skills to playing football on the streets - much like his hero Diego Maradona.

Watch the TransWorldSport feature with Tottenham forward Erik Lamela in the video above.

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