Rafa Benitez invites Babayaro’s Son ‘the new Messi’ to Newcastle United’s Academy

Rafa Benitez invites Babayaro’s Son ‘the new Messi’ to Newcastle United’s Academy

Newcastle United Manager, Rafa Benitez has reportedly invited the son of former Magpies defender, Celestine Babayaro to the club’s academy.

After receiving Ryan Hyacinth, Benitez said he hoped the bemusing dribbler becomes “the new Messi.”

Ryan’s father, Celestine Babayaro, played for Newcastle between 2008 and 2008 after spending eight seasons at Chelsea.


The former Nigeria International’s son, Ryan, impressed the Spaniard during a Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup on Tuesday.

Ryan Hyacinth, Celestine Babayaro, Rafa Benitez,

Ryan Hyacinth was voted MVP of the NU Foundation 1892 Cup| Twitter

Ryan, 10, emerged as MVP at the competition after helping his school, Cambois Primary School, Northumberland win the Competition that involved primary schools at the Tyneside.

“The idea is to keep the connection between the club and the community, it would be fantastic if the club did produce a player on the back of one of the Foundation’s courses.

“It’s not the main idea but at the same time you come across one talent nobody knew about. And then, maybe, he will be the new Messi,” Benitez said.

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