Chelsea youngster Mason Mount has had a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old has not only made his Premier League debut during the 2019/20 campaign but has also made his international bow, coming on as a second-half substitute in the 4-0 European qualifier win over Bulgaria back in September.
He has made 41 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea so far this season scoring six goals and providing five assists.
The midfielder has gone from strength to strength under Frank Lampard and has earned praise from around the game for his performances.
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However, there is one player whose praise may mean a bit more to the Blues’ player.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is known as one of the greatest of his generation and of all time.
A goalscoring record of 627 goals in 718 appearances for the Catalan giants speaks for itself with the 32-year-old establishing himself as a legend of the game.
And the Argentinian is still going strong, having found the net 19 times in 22 La Liga appearances this season.
Messi has partnered with football card manufacturers Topps to put together a set which lets the player have his say on his greatest Champions League moments. The set also includes cards on ‘top talent’ and ‘youth on the rise’ from the competition.
Mount is one of the players featured on a ‘youth on the rise’ card, also included on it is a comment from Messi himself
“Having watched him play he has the potential to be one of the best,” is what the Argentinian said about the Chelsea man.
A compliment like that from Messi will serve as a huge confidence boost to Mount as he continues to make an impact in the Premier League, Champions League and on the international stage.
If Mount can reach even half the heights of Messi then Chelsea fans will be very happy indeed.