MEET Lionel Messi — not the Barcelona star but a Cameroon Under-17s prospect who has just joined French second tier side Angers SCO.
The 16-year-old caused a stir when his famous name appeared on the squad list of the Toulouse-based club.
Stats experts Infostrada spotted Messi on their database and began to investigate.
A spokesman said: "We were shocked to learn that Lionel Messi had signed with Angers.
"We then found out that this is not the world famous superstar but a 16-year-old prospect from Cameroon going by exactly the same name.
"We never get confused because even though our database now contains more than a million football players each player has his own person ID."
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