Soccer in the blood: the unknown history of the family heritage behind Luka Romero, the jewel that Argentina dreams of

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Luka Romero and her father Diego Romero, who played in Argentina, Slovenia, Ecuador, Mexico and Spain

It has hardly 15 years, 7 months and 6 days. His name has been part of the journalistic notes for several years, when he was much younger and already aroused the passions of Barcelona or Real Madrid. Luka Romero –Descendant of Argentines, with Mexican nationality and Spanish passport– is the young talent who once again dominated the covers of the world from his historic debut with Mallorca Spanish and is the end product of a family heritage riddled with roots in football of all kinds.

its father he was a professional player, his grandfather a historical trainer from Quilmes and his uncles They also trampled this sport in different modalities. The talent they speak about all over the world is mainly the result of a family whose main language is ball.

Luka Romero with Almeyda
Brothers Luka and Tobías Romero in Almeyda’s arms

Diego Adrián is the father of the Luka twins and Tobias –Which stands out as a promising archer in the lower ones of the Penya Arrabal–. The history of the former footballer quickly returned to focus around the world from the early irruption in first of the jewel of the inferiors of the Mallorca team, but little is known that the family tree is full of soccer fruits.

The former midfielder landed in the bottom of Quilmes at the age of 8 and remained there until the end of the 90s, where he even became the companion of a young man Chapu Braña. He Brewer, which is in the backbone of his family, was the springboard to guide him towards Atlético de Rafaela at the beginning of the new millennium and then abroad: it passed through the divisional maximums of Slovenia, Mexico and Ecuador.

Luka Romero Quilmes and her brother
Luka Romero with one of the Quilmes jerseys that his dad used as a player and his brother Tobías tackling the underside of Penya Arrabal

The adventures outside the limits of his homeland of this midfielder with route and goal arrival were those that transformed little Luka into a Mexican citizen: was born in the 2004 while his father defended the shirt of the Scorpions of Durango. The third leg of his nationality was developed in the epilogue to Diego’s career, when the Romeros decided to strengthen the structures in Spain where he highlighted the vice in the deep ascent of that country. Slowly, he ceased to be the main name in soccer canopies to become the father of the little star.

By then, Luka had already been probed by Barcelona and Real Madrid and a video playing ball with Dani Alves on the beach it had gone viral on networks. “Take the photos of him, it’s Leo Messi,” said the talented Brazilian winger of the long-haired little boy who juggled with the ball next to him from the bright sands of Ses Illetes in Formentera, the island where Romero took his last steps as a professional and which was the fortuitous event that brought Luka closer to Mallorca despite the insistent contact from the Blaugrana or the Meringue.

However, through the streets of the southern Buenos Aires suburbs it was already an open secret that little Romero was a projection star from before raising sighs to the powerful of Europe or surprising Alves himself. It is no coincidence that whisper that was heard and not everything has to do with Diego’s past in the city club. A part of the roots of that leafy tree are named after Pepe Rosemary, Luka’s grandfather. Anyone who has walked through the youth venues of the Brewer who today plays in the second division of Argentina knows Pepe. He promoted the creation of the youth field in that entity, was leader of the lower structures and coach of the minor categories.

The man who previously commanded for five years at youth from Guatemala –Where Gustavo, Diego’s older brother, also had a step in inferiors– is a reference in Quilmes, either as a promoter of futsal (a discipline that was dissolved) or on the 11 field, where he currently has a subsidiary in Berazategui under his orbit.

Leo and Pepe Romero, Luka's uncle and grandfather
Leo and Pepe Romero, Luka’s uncle and grandfather, during a futsal match in Quilmes

In futsal, another of the Romero ramifications was formed: Leonel, Diego’s brother, was in the 11-a-side youth teams but did much of his career as a pivot with the Quilmes de futsal until becoming the captain of that club’s first team and youth technical director. Then he migrated to the first division with Independent and had his farewell with the shirt of Union of Ezpeleta, when a vehicular accident forced him to abandon sports practice.

But the seed was not germinated only from a family side: the Bezzana, the branch of his mother Vanina, also contributed theirs. Grandfather, Alfredo, came to the reservation of Quilmes in the 60s before continuing with his sports life in San Juan. His mother’s two brothers, Flavio and Alfred, were also part of the reserve of the Brewer before walking to other destinations.

Alfredo, central marker, was also on the campus of the Climbing Remedies Workshops, which achieved promotion to the National B in 1988. While Flavio, a midfielder on the right, stood out for his skills in Atlético de Trenque Lauquen once he he left the club brewer.

Alfredo Bezzana, uncle of Luka Romero
Alfredo Bezzana, one of Luka’s uncles, in Quilmes’ clothes

The young man, who grew up between Mexico, Ecuador and Spain, chose to wear the youth shirt of the Argentina team: He was part of Sub 15 and is now under Pablo Aimar’s orbit in Sub 17. Those who know him know that all years he spends his holidays in the country with his relatives and he is a fan of Argentine football. The fruit, it seems, never falls too far from the tree.

Diego Romero’s passing through Quilmes (Infobae)

All my family is Argentine; my dream is to wear the national shirt. I keep in touch with the boys of the National Team because we have a group of WhatsApp and we talked over there, we are all of us who went to the South American. When I went there for the holidays, I also saw a couple of my colleagues, ”Luka said at the time in an interview with the official AFA website, who also assured that as long as they continue calling him from Argentina, he will continue to choose this shirt.

“A lawyer from Mar del Plata informed me of the existence of Luka, Read it Rodríguez, who put me on the scene, explained a little about how his family’s hand came and a half that surprised me: Of course, with good reason he wants to play for Argentina! It has a familiar weight behind that must be cute“He commented to Infobae Alejandro Saggese, the coach who put him in the youth team in Argentina.

“He is a boy, he is still a boy. He merged with the guys here, he was so good, that it was undeniable that he was comfortable, that he likes. As much as he was born in Mexico, it is undeniable that he has Argentine roots ”, he added in his appreciation of the boy who makes noise in world football after becoming the youngest player to debut in the Spanish League. And that he met the professionalism just on the day of the 33rd birthday of that Messi with whom Dani Alves compared him on the beach.

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Luka Romero debuted against Real Madrid on date 31 of the Spanish League (Photo: Captura TV)

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