Jadon Sancho's rise to the upper echelons of football in the past two years has been mighty impressive.
After swapping Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund as a teenager, the 20-year-old's career has sky-rocketed out in Germany.
During the 2018/19 campaign, Sancho announced himself to the world by scoring 12 goals and assisting another 17 in his 34 Bundesliga games, earning himself a regular place in Gareth Southgate's England squad.
The English winger's output has increased exponentially during the 2019/20 season, with Sancho scoring 17 times and assisting a further 17 in just 27 appearances - he even scored his first career hat-trick against Paderborn on the weekend.
Alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, the London-born forward is without question the future of the sport.
To put it simply, the Englishman puts the the two superstars to shame, as you can see below (stats per Marca).
SANCHO, MESSI & RONALDO'S STATS AT THE AGE OF 20
Apps - 94
Goals - 34
Assists - 43
Goal involvements per game - 0.82
Apps - 70
Goals - 26
Assists - 8
Goal involvements per game - 0.48
Ronaldo (Sporting Lisbon & Man Utd):
Apps - 107
Goals - 16
Assists - 16
Goal involvements per game - 0.30
With a total of 77 goal involvements in total, Sancho's output is superior to Messi and Ronaldo's combined (66) at the age of 20 - outrageous numbers.
Of course, the major test for Sancho will be to continue to improve and better himself in the coming years, just like Messi and Ronaldo have done over the past decade.
The two Goliaths of the game have made the concept of scoring 50 goals in a single season look like the norm and are still managing to deliver that kind of output well into their 30s.
But the jewel in Dortmund's youthful, blossoming crown certainly has the natural talent to have a bloody good go at attempting to match possibly the two greatest footballers to have played the game.
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