17 Sep 2013

Nine-year-old Swedish prodigy joins Barca

8:13 am on 17 September 2013

A Swedish football club has announced the transfer of their nine-year-old prodigy to Spanish giants Barcelona.

Zico Jr Marecaldi leaves Swedish fifth-tier club BK Olympic, who are based in Malmo, following his appearance at a Barca recruitment camp.

The young midfielder, whose idol is Lionel Messi, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic by becoming just the third Swede to wear the Barca colours.

The youngster told a Swedish newspaper that it's going to be cool.

His father Antonio, who's the coach at BK Olympic, says he'll send his son to boarding school initially, with the family moving to Spain as soon as possible.