10 players cursed with the ‘next Lionel Messi’ tag

From Mohamed Salah to Paulo Dybala...

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Record breaker Lionel Messi in action for Argentina. Image Picture Creative Commons

Imagine being a footballer and getting compared to Barcelona and Argentina genius Lionel Messi?

Any football star playing as a number 10 and displaying a modicum of silky skill seems to get branded the ‘next Lionel Messi’. No pressure or anything!

Football Daily has put together an excellent new video showcasing the men who’ve found themselves given the task (or is it a curse?) of following in Messi’s footsteps.

Chelsea appear to be repeat offenders when it comes to snapping up Messi-like talent. So far they’ve burned through a trio of flops in Marko Marin, Christian Atsu and Mohamed Salah.

But who are the rest of the pretenders to Messi’s throne? From Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts to Juventus’ Argentine wonder kid Paulo Dybala, here are ten players who’ve been anointed the new Leo…

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