History will be made when AC Milan's annual European academy tournament gets underway in October. The tournament among youth players won't be historic just because the club recently signed a 10-year-old. It actually isn't that rare to sign a player so young on the chance they blossom into the next Messi, who was signed at the ripe age of 13 by Barcelona after years of playing in Argentina. History will be made because the youngster AC Milan just signed is Aisha Saini of Scotland, who will be the first female ever to play in the tournament.
Saini was participating in another tournament while her family was vacationing in La Manga, Spain when Milan spied her skills. According to Metro, she and her family had no idea that the event was organized by AC Milan and were merely looking to give Aisha something to do.
"The scouts said they have never asked a girl to join their academy before but they saw her play and knew immediately she would be able to hold her own among a load of boys," Saini's father told Metro.
As reported by HuffPost UK, scouts and coaches witnessed Saini prodigious skills for five days before asking her to play in the upcoming tournament in Italy.
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It's not uncommon for soccer clubs to ink deals with young talent. Last summer, Real Madrid signed a deal with Argentine youngster Leonel Angel Coira at age 7.
Coming off a Premier League championship in 2010, Chelsea reeled in 11-year-old striker Michael Gyasi, who had already been playing with the academy team of League Two club Northampton Town for three years.
Dutch club VVV-Venlo even signed an 18-month-old last year after seeing a video of the toddler kicking balls into a toy chest.
(H/T to HuffPost UK for photos)
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