These Players Are Why FIFA Is Investigating Real Madrid for Underage Transfers

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Spanish TV program Jugones de la Sexta has called out some of Real Madrid’s most troublesome violations of transfer regulation rules for players under 18 in a special report. Shots. Fired. Of the 39 cases under investigation, there is a handful of young, promising Latinos in the mix.

One such prodigy is 15-year-old defender Benjamín Garay, a native of Rosario, Argentina, and the younger brother of Argentine international Ezequiel Garay. Fernando Macías and Manuel Godoy – two 16-year-old venezolanos – are also in the group. Neither signed with La Fábrica, Real Madrid’s academy, but both were put through trials with the club. Paolo Medina – hailed by Marca as “el otro Chicharito” last April – completes the quartet. Medina played for Cadete A under Santiago Solari. How insane is it that the talents of middle schoolers are potentially being exploited by monster clubs like Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, and Barcelona? Damn.

PS: Thought you might miss out on Florentino-inspired transfer speculation over the course of Real Madrid’s transfer ban? Think again. We’re about to hear enough transfer talk to last us at least the next decade. Watch out, fam, Madrid is most definitely out to buy your favorite futbolista. A collective “your” there, because the flashy Spanish giants are quite literally tryna take each and every one of our favorite stars (David De Gea, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, anyone?) How about Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba?