Too often in football, phrases are thrown around that are ludicrous.
"That player is the next Lionel Messi" is such a phrase.
New players coming into the game have to develop their own identity and comparing one footballer to another is rarely an accurate task.
Unless players play in the same league and in the same era, you can never get a true comparison of what they achieved without a lot of assumptions and opinions being thrown into the mix.
Comparing an upcoming player to one who has won five La Liga titles, one Spanish Cup, five Supercopa de Espana's, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Supercups, two FIFA Club World Cups, one FIFA U-20 World Cup, one Olympic gold medal and almost 70 personal individual awards including one Ballon D'or and one FIFA Ballon D'or is a tough task—especially as Messi is still only 24 years old.
Today we'll take a look at some players who have been branded with the impossible—becoming the next Lionel Messi.
Hope you enjoy.