Lionel Messi: the GOAT, to many, still has some years left in him – but the genius won’t be leaving our jaws on the floor forever.
The 31-year-old – hopefully – still has some time to play at the top. He’s been mesmerising spectators, pundits and players alike.
Will there ever be anyone as gifted as the little Argentine? Maybe. Let’s hope.
Francisco Conceição, son of Porto boss and former player for the club Sérgio Conceição, is showing some serious style akin to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in this piece of footage from a Porto under-17 game against Boavista.
In the last clip, the left-footed forward dazzles his way past a helpless Boavista defence and tucks the ball away nicely.
He’s even got a young Messi mopped haircut to top it off. Time will tell before this pint-sized Portuguese is running rings around the world’s best defenders, but judging by this video, he looks seriously talented.
And he’s not the only youngster to resemble an older footballing hero.
Italy under-19 international Sandro Tonali is so similar to Andrea Pirlo that it’s actually scary.
Maybe we’ll be seeing these two line-up against each other in the Champions League or even World Cup.
And if they do, SPORTbible may have to move into the scouting business.
What other youngsters have you seen resemble footballing icons? Let us know in the comments.
Words by Kane Allen.