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Real Madrid signs 7-year-old 'Leo'

Updated: August 8, 2011, 10:39 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- He has a contract with one of soccer's biggest clubs and the same long, floppy hair and nickname Leo of his idol, Lionel Messi.

It may take awhile, however, before Leonel Angel Coira can match the wondrous Messi: He is 7 years old.

Real Madrid said Monday it signed the Argentine prodigy to its youth academy after seeing him in tryouts. He will start training with Madrid's youth team Sept 6.

Coira hopes to follow the path set by Messi, a countryman who joined ...

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