La Masia is so jam-packed with quality that to hear one of its coaches speak glowingly about an individual is almost jarring.
When it’s lunar-sized center forward prospect Pablo Moreno, you understand.
Carles Martínez coaches Barcelona’s Infantil A side, one of the club’s most important in a developmental sense at the U15 age group, and he recently sat down with Grup 14 to talk shop after his move from Espanyol. The discussion almost immediately turned to Moreno, who’s scoring return the last three years has been frankly ridiculous for anyone, let alone a child.
This is what Martínez had to say.
“Pablo is very good. He’s the most competitive player I have ever trained. It’s that drive that makes him special. I admire him because he’s always on the spotlight yet he takes it very well and calm. I’m very pleased with the change he’s doing in his control abilities. If he can succeed in that, which he is doing, he has a bright future although he has to take it step by step.”
Two years ago Moreno bagged 72 goals in 27 games for Barca’s seven-a-side Alevín A. Last year he bagged 41 in his first jump up to the Infantil group. This season? Moreno has been the leading scorer across the entire academy with a staggering 66 goals. He scored 28 in his first seven games of the year. For the math wizards among us, that’s 179 goals in three seasons. Are you hearing this.