Boy, 11, becomes first American to make Real Madrid's academy

Joshua Pynadath, right. (jjpynadath.blogspot.com)

Joshua Pynadath, right. (jjpynadath.blogspot.com)

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, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET

A boy who is still five years away from being able to apply for a driver's license is headed to Spain this fall to play soccer.

Joshua Pynadath, an 11-year-old soccer prodigy from Los Altos Hills, Calif., is set to make history as the first player from the United States to suit up for Real Madrid's renowned development academy.

“I was blown away when I got the official news from Real Madrid," Pynadath said in a recent interview with his hometown newspaper, Los Altos Hills Town Crier.

"They told me that I was the first American that they have ever accepted into their academy. I told them that I would set a good example.”

Pynadath's family is also moving to Europe for the duration of his one-year enrollment in the professional soccer club's academy.

Prior to accepting the offer, Pynadath -- who calls Christiano Ronaldo his favourite player -- scored a goal in an exhibition match while attending the second of two try-outs in front of Real Madrid officials in Spain.


WATCH: PYNADATH'S INCREDIBLE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO



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