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Lionel Messi Tipped Ten Wonderkids To Become Stars In 2015: Where Are They Now?

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Lionel Messi Tipped Ten Wonderkids To Become Stars In 2015: Where Are They Now?

Lionel Messi predicted 10 wonderkids who would take the world by storm back in 2015.

The Barcelona captain took part in a 'Backed By Messi' campaign with Adidas and he was asked which players could take his throne.

The video has been de-listed on YouTube, but the list of players makes for interesting viewing.

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Check out the full list of ten below, including the clubs they played for then and now.

Kenedy - (THEN: Chelsea & Brazil. NOW: Granada on loan)

Maxwel Cornet - (THEN: Lyon and France. NOW: Lyon and Ivory Coast)

Jeremie Boga - (THEN: Chelsea & France. NOW: Sassuolo and Ivory Coast)

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James Wilson - (THEN: Manchester United & England. NOW: Salford City)

Timo Werner - (THEN: Stuggart & Germany. NOW: Chelsea)

Gyasi Zardes - (THEN: LA Galaxy & USA. NOW: Columbus Crew)

Accursio Bentivegna - (THEN: Como/Palermo & Italy. NOW: Juve Stabia)

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Aleksei Miranchuk (THEN: Lokomotiv Moscow & Russia. NOW: Atalanta)

Marcos Lopes (THEN: Monaco & Portugal. NOW: Nice on loan)

Khiry Shelton (THEN: New York City & USA. NOW: Kansas City)

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA
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The clear stand out player on the list is Timo Werner.

Werner has gone on to become one of the world's deadliest strikers and earned a big money move to Chelsea this summer.

He opened his account in the Carabao Cup against Tottenham Hotspur last month but is yet to net in the Premier League.

While other names on the list haven't seen their career kick on as predicted.

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James Wilson was on the books at Manchester United and scored two goals on his debut in 2014.

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Image Credit: PA

However, he'd only go on to score two more goals for the club and suffered numerous injuries.

He now plays for Salford City in League Two, where he has made two appearances this season.

Messi also produced a second season of the series in 2016, with nobody coming close to Werner.

A few notable names in 2016 include Patrick Roberts, Kasper Dolberg and Jean-Kevin Augustin.

What do you make of Messi's choices for top wonderkids?

Sound off in the comments below.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images & Footy Renders

Topics: Football News, Football, Lionel Messi, Timo Werner, Legends, list

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