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Lionel Messi 'Astonished' After Watching 'Next Andres Iniesta' Riqui Puig In Barcelona Training

Lionel Messi 'Astonished' After Watching 'Next Andres Iniesta' Riqui Puig In Barcelona Training

It's fair to say Riqui Puig is a future Barcelona star.

The 19-year-old phenom made his senior debut as a substitute in Barcelona's Copa del Rey victory on Wednesday.

He came on in the 55th minute and made an instant impression, creating his sides fourth goal.

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Puig left management, players and fans in awe of his performance. And it wasn't the first time in the week he impressed on-lookers.

The Catalan youth product trained with the first-team and left Messi 'astonished' according to Spanish outlet SPORT.

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The report says: "All these situations are shaping the personality of a footballer who brings top quality and has a privileged vision of the game.

"Messi quickly realised that after Riqui started going to some training sessions with the first team last season.

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"He wanted him at his side and, of course, the kid was happy to have his idol in front of him and on top of that, that he gave him the ball. He was not the only one who was astonished.

"Luis Suárez, Iniesta - a player whom he has many resemblances towards - were also captivated by his football. "

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The budding midfielder was the talk of Barcelona's cup victory:

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Riqui Puig, remember the name.

Topics: Riqui Puig, Football News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi

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