Benjamin Cremaschi: The Prince of Messi’s Miami Project by Joshua Nkan

Benjamin Cremaschi: The Prince of Messi’s Miami Project by Joshua Nkan

In today’s report, we analyze Inter Miami’s Cremaschi. We highlight his strengths, weaknesses, current ability and future potential.  


Benjamin Cremaschi could be set for a breakout season for his boyhood side Inter Miami as they look to  turn the tide of a poor season into a star-studded success. The 18-year-old midfielder is already one of the most promising talents in the MLS. 

Name: Benjamín Cremaschi 

Nationality: United States 

D.O.B: 3/2/2005 (18 years old) 

Height: 5’11 Strong Foot: Right 

Current Club: Inter Miami CF 

Position: Center Midfield 

Value: £5.00m (via Transfermarkt) 

Benjamin Cremaschi is an Argentine-American dual national born on March 2, 2005, in Miami, Florida,  United States. He has featured in just about every midfield role for Inter Miami. Now sharing the stage  with his childhood idol Lionel Messi, Benjamin Cremaschi is a name that soccer fans should get familiar  with. 

Career Summary:

Cremaschi is the son of an Argentine Professional Men’s rugby player and American  mother. He grew up playing soccer in his backyard. His first club was Weston FC in Florida. During  his tenure there, he helped the U-16 team earn the 2021 MLS NEXT Cup title and wonthe Golden Ball  award as the tournament’s best player. Quickly impressing coaches with his technical skills, vision, and  work ethic, Cremaschi joined the Inter Miami CF Academy in 2021. He made his debut for the Inter  Miami first team in August 2022, and has since established himself as a regular starter, and even caught  the attention of the Argentine Federation who floated the idea of him representing their U20 national  setup. Up until recently, Cremaschi has had to develop as young player in a struggling Inter Miami team lacking of real leaders. His maturity and ability to handle pressure has made him stand out amongst  many of his older teammates. He was selected for the US U-19 team’s championship run at the Slovenia  Nations Cup in September 2022 and later was invited to the United States U20 team’s preseason in  October 2022 to prepare for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup. As far as senior national team football goes,  Cremaschi may not be completely there yet, but the United States may face some competition for his  services from Argentina if he is able to strike a chord with Messi. Bundesliga clubs scouts have been  seen scouting the youngster at games across this season, and there is little doubt that his future lays in  Europe, but signs point towards him seeing the 2023 season out and learning from some of the worlds best players as teammates. 

Style of Play:

Cremaschi plays as a central midfielder, often deployed in a box-to-box role but can also  fill in as a wide playmaker or even a traditional ‘10’. He likes to link up with the striker or create chances  for his teammates with his passing and crossing from the right flank. For Miami, he is used to progress the  ball up the field with his brilliant ball-security and occasionally, will crash into the penalty box late to get  on the end of opportunities. In youth divisions we have often seen Cremaschi fluidly interchange with  attackers, almost working as a second striker in some attacking sequences.  

Cremaschi’s heatmap by Wyscout

Naturally, he has been compared to his idol Lionel Messi, who recently signed with Inter Miami. Cremaschi has admitted that he learns a lot from watching and training with  Messi. What separates Cremaschi from the hundreds of “Next Messi’s” before him though is how he  uniquely profiles less to the young and rapid Messi with mazy dribbles across the spine of a defense, but  more like the older but still superb Messi of the last 4 years; occupying the center midfield positions  to carry the ball in the inside of the right channel as a creative force. The similarities of their game will  prove to be a challenge for new Miami coach Tata Martino who had continued Cremaschi’s impressive  run of starts into Messi’s debut vs Cruz Azul. In this game, Messi entered the field in the second half,  substituting young Cremaschi. With Messi now fully fledged into the team, even wearing the  captain’s armband, there are some that may worry Cremaschi could now be relegated to the bench.  

There is hope that the two can co-exist in the same lineup, however. Tactically, Cremaschi possesses the  physicality to fill in as a deeper ‘8’ akin to how Rodrigo De Paul plays for Argentina. Cremaschi is not the  fastest but possesses the right kind of tenacity and bite for breaking up the opponents press and  beginning attacking phases. This role could work to complement Messi and Busquets better who can no  longer do the hard yards at his age. 

Cremaschi is a player with a bright future ahead of him. He has shown his potential at Inter Miami and could soon make his mark on the international stage. Whether he chooses to play for the U.S. or  Argentina, he will surely be a young star to watch in the coming years.

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