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Lionel Messi picks the most promising wonderkids in world football

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Messi is a huge admirer of Patrick Roberts

Lionel Messi along with Cristiano Ronaldo are arguably the two greatest players of this generation and now the Barcelona superstar has picked out a rather bizarre list of 9 wonder kids to watch out for.

The Argentine superstar claimed that he does not watch too much football but going by these choices, Lionel Messi definitely knows a thing or two about Thai League, MLS and Scottish Premier League.

The only recognisable faces in this team are the Chelsea and Manchester City kids out on loan. Here are the list of 9 players, Messi thinks will be the future of world football:

Chanathip Songkrasin (Muangthong United) – The 23-year-old attacking midfielder currently plays in Thailand and is called the Messi of the east by Thailand fans. He is said to be interesting a lot of European clubs.

Kasper Dolberg (Ajax Amsterdam) – Kasper Dolberg is a 19-year-old Danish footballer who plays as a striker for Dutch giants Ajax. In 7 League appearances this season, the talented youngster has already scored 4 goals.

Gabriel Boschilla (AS Monaco) – The 20-year-old Brazilian international is known for his creativity and dribbling skills, and Monaco will be hoping to get the best out of him in Ligue 1 this season.

Nadya Karpova (Chertanovo) – Woman footballer Nadya Karpova has been turning heads with her performances at Chertanovo and the Russian footballer is definitely someone to watch out for in the future. She could go on to become the greatest woman footballer of all time.

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Alex Muyl is the future of football in the United States

Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls) – The latest talent to emerge from a long list of talented footballers in USA, Alex Muyl is a 21-year-old pacy winger who plays for MLS side New York Red Bulls. Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan are said to be interested in signing him.

Nathan Allan (Vitesse on loan from Chelsea) – Brazilian midfielder Nathan Allan is just one of the many supremely gifted Chelsea youngsters who are on loan at Vitesse. What sets him apart though is his composure on the ball and passing range.

Davide Calabria (AC Milan) – 19-year-old Italian right-back Davide Calabria is considered to be a long-term replacement for Abate at AC Milan. The youngster has impressed at all youth levels and is expected to play a key role for Milan and Italy in the future.

Jean-Kevin Augustin (PSG) – One of the most talented strikers in world football right now, 19-year-old French starlet Jean-Kevin Augustin is tipped to achieve great things, Blessed with pace, power and immaculate technique, Augustin will definitely grow to become a household name in the future.

Patrick Roberts (Celtic on loan from Manchester City) – Considered to be England’s next big hope, Patrick Roberts is having a good spell at Scottish giants Celtic. Currently on loan from Manchester City, Pep Guardiola will be keeping a close eye on the talented forward. 

(As reported on

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