Meet Erik Lamela, Argentina’s hidden soccer heartthrob

Watch out James Rodriguez because Erika Lamela is the new boy in town. The name Erik Lamela and the accompanying hasthtag #ErikLamela, both set Twitter…

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Meet Erik Lamela, Argentina’s hidden soccer heartthrob

ROME, ITALY – NOVEMBER 08: Erik Lamela attends Philipp Plein and A.S. Roma unveil new team kit at Trigoria on November 8, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The Argentine soccer player set Twitter on fire after scoring an unbelievable goal for the Tottenham Hotspur with a rabona move. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

Watch out James Rodriguez because Erika Lamela is the new boy in town.

The name Erik Lamela and the accompanying hasthtag #ErikLamela, both set Twitter on fire this week. Are you wondering why? So were we! In the process, we found some fun facts as well.

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You see, Lamela is a 22-year-old soccer player born in Buenos Aires, Argentina who is an attacking midfielder or winger for English team Tottenham Hotspur and the Argentina national team.

Prior to his new club, Lamela played for Argentina’s River Plate and Italy’s A.S. Roma.

The young –and must we add, sexy– athlete was all the rage Thursday after scoring an unbelievable “rabona”-style goal during Tottenham’s 5-1 win over Greek side Asteras Tripolis.

“Rabona” is the name given to the soccer move when the player wraps one leg around the other and kicks the ball –and that’s exactly what Lamela did, wrapping his left foot around his right leg to curl the ball in from 20 yards.



“It was a great goal, maybe the best by one of my players,” said head coach and former Argentine soccer player Mauricio Pochettino, who only shows emotion at home and in his bed, according to BBC Sports.

His teammates and soccer fanatics all around the world praised Lamela’s “rabona” move and even consider it one of the best goals of the year.

With no further a do, here are some fun facts we found on the six-feet-tall soccer player.

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1) His nickname is “El Coco,” yes…that’s Spanish for “The Coconut”

Erik Lamela set Twitter on fire.

Erik Lamela is a soccer player from Argentina. (Photo: Instagram/@Coco_Lamela11)


 2) He began playing soccer at age 7 and made headlines by age 12

Argentina has many soccer players, including Erik Lamela.

Lamela currently plays for Tottenham hotspur FC. (Photo: Instagram/@Coco_Lamela11)


 3) He aspires to be like Maradona and win a World Cup for Argentina

Erik Lamela has been making headlines since he was young.

Lamela started his career with Argentina’s River Plate. (Photo: Instagram/@Coco_Lamela11)


 4) Aside playing soccer, he’s also very studious

Erik Lamela likes to study English.

Erik shares a photo of his English homework. (Photo: Instagram/@Coco_Lamela11)


 5) He really enjoys hanging out with friends and family

Erik Lamela hangs out with friends.

Lamela, center, plays a game of Playstation with his brother, right and a friend. (Photo: Instagram/@Coco_Lamela11)


6) He has a novia! (Sorry ladies, he’s off the market…at least for now)

Erik Lamela has a girlfriend.

The soccer player has many photos with his significant other. (Photo: Instagram/@Coco_Lamela11)


7) He also likes to drink “Mate,” a drink from South America

Erik Lamela wants to win a World Cup for his country.

Lamela enjoys a drink of Mate or Yerba Mate, popular in South America. (Photo: Instagram/@Coco_Lamela11)

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