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Meet Pedro Ruiz, the Real Madrid youngster who is being compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a true one-off and there will never be another player exactly like him again.

The Swedish forward - who has played for many of Europe’s elite clubs during his illustrious career - is Box Office both on and off the pitch.

The 37-year-old has produced countless moments of magic down the years for his clubs thanks to his world-class ability. And, as one of football’s most charismatic characters, he’s entertained millions of football fans around the world with various arrogant but tongue-in-cheek comments about himself.

Despite his advancing years, Zlatan is still making the game look easy during his spell with LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

In 27 appearances for the American outfit, Ibra has banged in an impressive 22 goals.

Sadly, though, it won’t be much longer before the irrepressible Zlatan decides the time has come to hang up his boots.

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And while there will never be another player quite like Zlatan - there is one youngster whose playing style bears an uncanny resemblance to the legendary forward, and he plays for Real Madrid.

Meet 18-year-old Pedro Ruiz, a Spanish centre-forward who currently plays for Madrid’s Juvenil A (Under-19) side.

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Brought to our attention by Spanish newspaper Marca, the tall striker’s style of play has drawn comparisons with Ibrahimovic - and footage of the teenager in action shows precisely why.

At 6ft 4in tall - just one inch shorter than Zlatan - Ruiz towers above most of his opponents and teammates.

And just like Ibra - and pardon the cliche, cliché - Ruiz appears to possess impressive technique for a player of his stature.

Watch Ruiz in action here...

Spain have produced so many talented but diminutive footballers in recent times that the sight of a tall striker from the Iberian nation looks a little unusual.

But if he continues to develop at his current rate, it might not be too much longer before we see him playing for the first teams of both Real Madrid and Spain.

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Ruiz recently scored a stunner for Madrid’s Juvenil A side against Alcorcon and is currently the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals.

He came off the bench against AS Roma in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday and further enhanced his burgeoning reputation by netting a brace in injury time.

The next Zlatan Ibrahimovic may well have been unearthed. Watch this space.

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