Lionel Messi Picks His Top 15 Young Prospects In Football

Lionel Messi Picks His Top 15 Young Prospects In Football

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has identified 15 players who he believes are on course to be future stars in world football.

The 32-year-old’s picks were revealed as part of Topps' Champions League cards, which were designed by Messi.

The cards included the ‘Greatest Moments' of his career and his picks for ‘Top Talents' and ‘Youth on the Rise.'

Messi named Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold amongst his 15-man list, saying he is “impressive going forward” and branded him the “future.”

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner said that Trent would do “amazing things” in football.

See the Argentine forward's picks for the top 15 prospects in football.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: “A full-back who is impressive going forward, it is the future.”

Christian Pulisic: “He has great balance and agility.”

Mason Mount: “Having watched him play, he has the potential to be one of the best.”

Phil Foden: “He will do amazing things in the game. He has a huge talent.”

Jadon Sancho: “His ability to dribble past defenders is impressive.”

Luka Jovic: “A magical player who makes the impossible possible.”

Kai Havertz: “His composure in front of goal is so impressive for such a young player.”

Eder Militao: “A phenomenal talent and fierce competitor.”

Ousmane Dembele: “His pace is frightening in training.”

Houssem Aouar: “He is always calm with the ball at his feet with excellent technical quality.”

Frenkie de Jong: “One of the most accomplished passers I have ever seen for his age.”

Joao Felix: “One of the most exciting young players in the world right now.”

Kylian Mbappe: “He is so fast and he can finish. Very dangerous.”

Joshua Kimmich: “A hugely talented full-back who provides so many assists.”

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Benjamin Pavard: “A classy defender who can strike a ball so well.”

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