Lionel Messi is no doubt one of the greatest ever to have touched the football and has been the measuring stick for all great footballers, past and present.
There have been many talented players who were tipped to follow Messi’s path and become one of the greatest.
Planet Football have uncovered the youngsters who were tipped to be the ‘next Lionel Messi’ and found out what they are doing currently.
Below are the names:
2006: Bojan Krkic (THEN: Barcelona. NOW: Montreal Impact)
2007: Gerardo Bruna (THEN: Real Madrid. NOW: Derry City)
2008: Mauro Zarate (THEN: Lazio. NOW: Boca Juniors)
2009: Amir Sayoud (THEN: Al Ahly. NOW: CR Belouizdad)
2019: Gai Assulin (THEN: Barcelona. NOW: Politehnica Iasi)
2011: Iker Muniain (THEN: Athletic Bilbao. NOW: Athletic Bilbao)
2012: Ryo Miyaichi (THEN: Arsenal. NOW: St. Pauli)
2013: Ryan Gauld (THEN: Dundee United. NOW: Farense)
2014: Alen Halilovic (THEN: Dinamo Zagreb. NOW: Heerenveen on loan from AC Milan)
2015: Martin Odegaard (THEN: Real Madrid. NOW: Real Sociedad on loan from Real Madrid)
2016: Lee Seung-Woo (THEN: Barcelona B. NOW: Sint-Truiden)
2017: Pietro Pellegri (THEN: Genoa. NOW: Monaco)
2019: Thiago Almada (CURRENTLY: Velez Sarsfield)
Out of all the above mentioned players, surely, it has to be Bojan Krkic who could have done wonders with his talent but ended up having a pretty normal career.
One to definitely look out for in the future from the above list is definitely Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian has been a revelation at Real Sociedad and will most probably return to Real Madrid soon.