Sunday, April 05, 2009

They grow up so quickly these days

This is Federico Macheda, who scored the winning goal for Man Utd vs Aston Villa in Ferguson Injury Time at Old Trafford today.

He's listed at 17 years old. Here's a photo of him celebrating the goal. For comparison, consider the young Wayne Rooney, whose teenage exploits seem to be forgotten once he became a cog in the AIG-sponsored machine. Another visage comparison: AC Milan's emerging star Pato is 20.

So what's our point? If Macheda is 17, he's a mature 17.

UPDATE: His age is crucial in making him old enough to benefit from EU employment laws but young enough that Lazio couldn't sign him to a professional contract while they trained him.

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