Lionel Messi names teenager as future Ballon d'Or winner - after comparisons between the two

Inter Miami CF's Argentine forward Lionel Messi reacts on stage with his trophy as he receives his 8th Ballon d'Or award during the 2023 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on October 30, 2023. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi has claimed that a highly promising teenager has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or in the future. 

Cementing his status on Monday night as the undisputed greatest footballer of his generation with his eighth Ballon d'Or award, Messi highlighted the next generation of players coming through who will likely challenge for the gong over the next few years. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.