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Roony Bardghji, the “Swedish Messi” who is a hit in Copenhagen

Great hope of Swedish football, the young Roony Bardghji is making an impressive start to the year 2022 with his club, FC Copenhagen. Set to become a great player, the native of Kuwait City is already being watched by the biggest clubs on the continent.

Born into a Syrian family in Kuwait, Roony Bardghji grew up in Sweden where he landed when he was only 7 years old. Quickly passionate about football, the one who is evolving as a right winger but can occupy the role of attacking midfielder or support striker quickly passed the stages. He was only 14 when he was considered “one of Malmö’s greatest talents of modern times”. We are talking about the club that trained a certain Zlatan Ibrahimović or good players like Martin Dahlin and Markus Rosenberg. Playing with the Swedish club’s U19s, he already made everyone agree with his “ultra upgraded” status. What struck me most was his dedication to wanting to improve and to train. Then, he had qualities in his technique, his understanding of the game and his way of combining with teammates who were at an incredibly high level given his age explained in particular his former coach Jeffrey Aubynn to Sportexpressen. In a hurry and already ready to face other challenges, he joined Denmark on July 8, 2020 to sign for FC Copenhagen.

A masterstroke from the Løverne who have just revealed several interesting talents in recent years such as Jonas Wind (Wolfsburg), Mohammed Daramy (Ajax Amsterdam) or Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson who is at the club. Asked at the time by Ekstrabladethe explained this choice: “I was at Malmö FF for a year and a half, and it was fantastic, and I learned a lot. However, FC Copenhagen suits me. They have a plan for me that I strongly believe in. I also feel that the battles in Denmark are tougher, and in order for me to continue to develop I need tougher battles, but it really wasn’t an easy decision. To poach him, Copenhagen has nevertheless made a big financial effort but is well aware that his sale risks bringing in much more. Ambitious and aware of his areas of progress, the young right-hander continues his progress to the delight of the Danish club.

International U21 and already references in the European Cup

The one who has 6 caps with Sweden U17 for 5 goals was first able to evolve within the Copenhagen U19 team but he has been wearing the first team jersey since November 21 and a match against Aarhus (1- 1). A performance followed by another tenure against Aalborg (3-1 victory) the following week when he scored his very first goal in the Danish top flight with a heavy strike from 25 meters. After the meeting, he was very satisfied but also measured in relation to the flames of which he is the subject: “of course it’s a great feeling I have at the moment, I’m incredibly happy but at the same time incredibly happy on behalf of the team too, it was an important game so helping the team score goals too, that’s the most important thing for me. I have to be honest and say it’s not something I focus on that much. I just try to be calm and spend time with my family. To not think about everything that’s going on from the outside and come to training, eat and fight hard.” However, this does not come out of nowhere and he also became at 16 years and 13 days the youngest scorer in the history of the Danish championship.

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If his physique is far from being small (1m82), he is called the “Swedish Messi” in reference to his idol Lionel Messi as he said to Ekstrabladet : “Messi is my big idol. It has been since I was little. I’ve seen it so much on video and I still see it. I’m an attacking player and I try to play like him. From an early age my goal has been to become Sweden’s best football player, and I hope to continue to be that.” If the path is still very very long to get closer to the level reached by his idol, Roony Bardghji is already on big standards. In nine appearances with Copenhagen, he scored 2 goals and if he is not yet indisputable, he carved out a starting place in 2022. Better still, he played in the knockout stages of the Europa League Conference starting in the Cup from Europe at 16 years and 115 days. If that wasn’t enough against PSV Eindhoven (4-4 first leg, 4-0 return), his coach Jess Thorup is particularly charmed: “Roony is a young player who loves being on the football pitch, loves having the ball at his feet. He has something to bring there, he has fantastic dribbling and can put pressure on like today.

This good form also convinced Sweden to upgrade him to the U21 team for the March rally. Jens Gustafsson, the Espoirs coach, justified his summons in comments collected by Aftonbladet : “He’s good enough to be with us. He shows it every week in FCK. He plays incredibly mature for his age. He plays as if he had done nothing else. Which is rare for players of this age. He is good at combining, dribbling and finishing. Also praised for his humility, he is in the sights of many clubs like Chelsea, Feyenoord, Bayern Munich, Ajax and FC Barcelona. If a departure is not yet relevant for the player under contract until June 2023 and that Copenhagen wants to extend, the Danish club knows that one day it will be necessary to let him go to other skies. Estimated at more than 100 million Danish crowns (€13.4 million), he should provoke a great fight between the big teams if they continue to assert his precocity and his talent.

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