The ‘next Lionel Messi’ blah, blah, blah…you hear it over and over again, don’t you? It’s painful.
It became a bit of a thing for a while didn’t it, before people realised there was likely never going to be another Messi. Unless, of course, the aliens drop down again and gift us with another extraterritorial offering. Until then, however, we’re not holding our breath.
Now, we can’t necessarily blame the player for the titles they accumulate over the years. It’s often the fault of the media who point their fingers at any small, fast and agile player with a slightly exotic sounding name and scream ‘next Messi’ on repeat like malfunctioning robot that spews out journalist buzzwords (unconfirmed whether these exist).
Unfortunately, former Liverpool FC prospect (as per the Echo) Gerardo Bruna was one such cursed character. Yes, that’s right – cursed. It’s not easy carrying the heavy expectations of Barcelona’s star man. In fact, not one single person has managed anything close.
The former Real Madrid man, who was nurtured by Los Blancos until the tender age of 16, was recruited by Spaniard Rafael Benitez in 2007.
However, despite spending time in Liverpool’s reserve side and nurturing his Messi prophecy he failed to break into the first-team and make a single senior appearance. Ah well, another one bites the dust (*chucks name in pile with Ryan Gauld, Bojan and Erik Lamela*).
So began his journey through football obscurity. The Argentine eventually left Liverpool four years after joining, linking up with Blackpool before returning to Spain, where he learned his trade. A brief period of one year saw his make an English comeback, just sadly not in bright lights of Anfield but Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park.
Five years later, and after numerous seasons darting between England and the United States second division, the once hailed ‘next Messi’ has settled with League of Ireland’s very own Derry City. Incredible.
Liverpool fans, what are your standout memories of Bruna? Let us know in the comments below…
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