Rome based newspaper Corriere dello Sport has analyzed striker Lautaro Martinez, the 20 year-old Argentine forward at Racing Avellaneda, whom Inter has made a serious offer for.
Discovered, “casually” by Fabio Radaelli, Coach of the Reserva del Racing, Martinez was part of Liniers in Bahia Blanca. At the time he was playing with the Under 17’s, wearing the captains armband and scoring the majority of their goals. The Academia decided to take him straight away while he was only 16 years old, back in January 2014, so it was difficult for him to leave his family but it was his dream so he went.
However, after two weeks, he called his father and wanted to go home because he missed his family too much. It was traumatic for everyone, especially his older brother, Alan, who was suffering from epilepsy but it has fortunately completely healed since then.
He managed to overcome his difficulties and performed excellently on the field, scoring 26 goals in just as many matches, during the 2014 Sixth Division season. He went on to score 53 in 64 games across the lower divisions.
Then in 2015, before signing his contract with Racing, he even refused Real Madrid. Apparently, it was close to being completed but he then told his agent that he had changed his mind, believing he was not ready for such a move. He had yet to make his debut in the Primera with Racing.
It turned out to be an unforgettable debut on October 31st in 2015, against Crucero del Norte, replacing the idol, the Prince Diego Milito, perhaps a sign of destiny?