Messi’s discoverer searching for new football talent

The man who discovered the Barcelona star has launched a Challenge on an online football network Fieldoo to unveil the next football star
Josep Maria Minguella, the famous football agent who discovered Lionel Messi through a video, is looking for new talents.

Minguella has partnered with an online football network for players and agents Fieldoo to discover the next star of football.

Those who apply from September 10 to November 1 are being given a chance to earn a trial in December and a possible contract with a Spanish Primera and Segunda division club, according to a statement from Fieldoo.

“I have dedicated my whole life to football and I've been working as a players' agent for 40 years. I had luck to be an agent of players like Stoichkov, Maradona, Guardiola, Romario, Rivaldo and the last player – Leo Messi,” said Minguella.

The Minguella Challenge is a once in a lifetime opportunity which could see Fieldoo users joining a La Liga or second division Spanish side, and rubbing shoulders with the beautiful game’s elite football players. The concept is one that falls in line with Fieldoo’s aims to provide opportunities for both players and agents, enhancing the ease of making transfers, and benefitting players who may have been overlooked in the past.

Touching on Messi and how he was discovered, Minguella said, “After seeing some video tapes of Messi’s games and highlights I decided to invite him and his family to Barcelona, so the FC Barcelona club people could also meet him.”

“Minguella Challenge is a way to discover new stars, new players on, hoping that many of them will end up signing contracts. I expect unforgettable experience for all the football players who will participate in Challenge. I believe there are lots of them who dream about this and it would be really great to make those dreams come true,” he added.

The Challenge is open to players all over the world. It kicked off on September 10 and will run until November 1, when the final selections will be made and a handful of Fieldoo users will be given the opportunity to test their mettle at professional clubs in Spain. The trials will take place between 15 and 30 December, and a selected few will sign professional contracts.  

Minguella is also an agent of Maradona, Romario, Rivaldo, and Guardiola. Users interested in being part of the Challenge will need to apply on