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Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao)

Born December 2, 1992

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Athletic Bilbao striker Iker Muniain

Athletic Bilbao striker Iker Muniain

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A report in 2009 that cash-rich Manchester City wanted to sign the 16-year-old Muniain was an illustration of one of the major ills of the modern game, that tendency of so-called ‘big clubs’ to chase hot prospects at a younger and younger age.

For Muniain’s footballing education is surely best served in the Basque country where the support of his family and club, with a rich history of bringing through youth, can nurture this rising star.

Athletic Bilbao’s youngest ever player and scorer, the diminutive attacker has triggered comparisons with Lionel Messi, and can play on either wing or as a support striker.

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