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Club América: Is Diego Lainez The Real Deal?

LEON, MEXICO - MARCH 04: Diego Lainez of America drives the ball during the 9th round match between Leon and America as part of the Torneo Clausura 2017 Liga MX at Nou Camp Stadium on March 04, 2017 in Leon, Mexico. (Photo by Juan Mejia/Jam Media/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Club América: Is Diego Lainez The Real Deal?

He wears number 340 for Club América, and there is a chance you have seen or heard of him by now in Liga MX. At only 16 years old, Diego Lainez has become a household name for Club América…but is the hype for real? There is a good chance it is.


Diego made first team minutes in Liga MX during a Copa MX match against Santos Laguna, and although América lost, his performance was noteworthy. The winger/attacking midfielder then saw himself in the first team with Club América from then on, giving Las Aguilas and Mexico fans some excitement about what lies ahead for the youngster.

What makes him standout?

When Diego takes the field, there is one major thing that stands out which is that he doesn’t look out of place. There’s times he looks even more poised than players older than him. The reason he continues to see large amounts of playing time is that he does not make silly selfish mistakes. Moreover, there’s nothing about his play that makes it look like he is intimidated. There is an eagerness by Lainez to actually want to make the play, whether that be by his own creation, or hitting the open player. It’s one thing to compliment his pace and dribbling, but it’s also the other aspects of his game which makes him look like a much more mature player than 16 years old.


Does this mean Diego Lainez will be a superstar? That can’t be said at this time, to be honest. It very well could be that he is hitting his peak earlier than other players. However, with the progression he is showing, along with his other impressive attributes, Diego very well could make that leap into leading Club América in the years to come, and for Mexico fans, maybe even something more special.

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  • JoRyanSalazar

    He’s only 16. I don’t hype him until he gets called up to the Mexican senior side and gets his first cap.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011, and is a Sport management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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