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Jamie Redknapp compares Anthony Martial to Leo Messi

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Do you find yourself wondering why Manchester United agreed to pay AS Monaco an initial fee of £36million, rising to a potential £58m if certain bonus clauses are met, for Anthony Martial? Well, you are not alone.

One person who is not wondering, not even an incy-wincy bit, however, is former Liverpool star-turned-Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

Yes, the former face of Marks & Spencer menswear doesn't believe he has seen a 19-year-old as good as Martial since Leo Messi burst onto the scene at Barcelona.

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Messi has gone on to become arguably the greatest footballer of all time, winning four Ballon d'Or titles as well as countless team-orientated awards with the Spanish outfit. He is also their all-time top goalscorer with 418 strikes and counting.

Martial has scored just four goals for his new team, but, to be fair to the teenager, he has only played six games. Needless to say, Martial has gone about justifying his transfer fee in the best possible way, but there is still a long way to go.

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Redknapp, though, has already seen enough to compare the France international to the greatest player (Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo) of them all.

"I watched Anthony Martial for 90 minutes in the Champions League and the only 19-year-old I've seen better at that age was Lionel Messi"

"He's going to be a superstar"

Messi in the making

He told Sky Sports: "I watched Anthony Martial for 90 minutes in the Champions League and the only 19-year-old I've seen better at that age was Lionel Messi.

"I played against Wayne Rooney when he made his debut but this boy has so much intelligence. He knows when to pass, when to cross it, when to dribble and when to shoot. He goes past people like they're not there.

"Everything he does, there is a reason behind it. It's like he's been here before - certain players have this, you can't put your finger on what it is, but it's just a quality. I love watching him play. He's going to be a superstar."

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