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Korean Messi provides glimpse of Barcelona future

Have Barcelona found the next Messi? (©GettyImages)
Have Barcelona found the next Messi? (©GettyImages).

Barcelona's heralded youth academy is famous for producing Spain's best and brightest, but it seems their latest star prospect comes from slightly further afield.

14-year-old Seung Woo Lee was spotted by Barcelona scouts playing for South Korea at the under-13 World Cup in South Africa a year ago, and the teenage forward demonstrated just why he's been billed as the Korean Messi with an incredible four-goal haul for the Barca juniors.

Wearing the Barca number nine shirt occupied by Alexis Sanchez in the first-team, Woo-Lee weaved through the Tortosa defence, helping himself to four goals as the Catalan miniatures ran out 7-0 victors.

Several of his goals will have you wondering if that isn't Messi himself running about out there, a sort of horrible practical joke on the young Tortosa team, allowing a greed-induced Messi the scope to chase down Godfrey Chitalu, the Zambian striker who rose to challenge the Argentinian's calendar year goalscoring crown two weeks ago.

Of course, that's not the case, and Messi is enjoying the La Liga winter break with his family. Instead, 101greatgoals.com have treated us to a glimpse into the future - a first-look at Barcelona's next big prospect.

Lee's hat-trick can be seen 3:35 into the video, but we'd recommend watching the whole thing - it is Barcelona after all...

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