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Lionel Messi Tipped 10 Youngsters For Greatness In 2015, They Have Had Seriously Mixed Fortunes

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Lionel Messi Tipped 10 Youngsters For Greatness In 2015, They Have Had Seriously Mixed Fortunes

A list of 10 players Lionel Messi backed to become the best in the world in 2015 has resurfaced online.

Compiled as part of a campaign with Adidas called 'Backed by Messi', the Argentinian named a set of players who have gone on to have very different careers indeed.

The most successful out of Messi's 'ones to watch' is Timo Werner.

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In 2015, the German was a teenage star for Stuttgart. He made the move to RB Leipzig in 2016 and netted 95 times in 159 games before moving to Stamford Bridge last summer. In addition to his qualities on the field, Werner has justified Messi's prediction with the silverware he's won, with the striker already a Champions League and European Super Cup win at the age of 25.

One of the more interesting shouts Messi made was Maxwell Cornet.

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The 24 year old was enjoying his football at Lyon in 2015. He scored 31 goals in 184 appearances for the French side before moving to Burnley this summer for a €15 million fee.

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However, many of the players on the list have failed to live up to Messi's hype.

These include James Wilson, a product of the Manchester United academy. Despite scoring twice on his debut against Hull City in 2014, Wilson didn't make the grade at Old Trafford and struggled in stints at the likes of Derby County and Sheffield United.

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The 25 year old is now plying his trade for Port Vale in League 2.

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It's a similar story for Kenedy, the Brazilian who is still officially a Chelsea player.

Despite briefly asserting himself as a first team player with The Blues, the winger has spent the last six seasons out on loan, at the likes of Watford and Newcastle United.

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The 25 year old is now back in his home country, spending the campaign with Flamengo in Rio de Janerio.

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The other six players on Messi's list are Juve Stabia forward Accursio Bentivegna, Sassuolo trickster Jeremie Boga, Olympiacos loanee Rony Lopes, highly-rated midfielder Aleksey Miranchuk and Khiry Shelton of Sporting Kansas City.

So, bar a few stars, it's fair to say Messi's predictions didn't quite come turn out the way he planned back in 2015.

Topics: Chelsea, Messi, Premier League, Germany, Burnley, France

James Aldred
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