Video: Moroccan Messi scores on U15 international debut

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AC Milan's teenage playmaker Hachim Mastour has already been heralded as a star of the future, with supporters of the talented youngster dubbing him the Moroccan Lionel Messi.

Now, the 15-year-old has got tongues wagging again, after an eye-catching debut for Italy's U15s side, capping his superlative display with a late 20-yard strike for his adopted country's youth team.

So impressive have Mastour's early performances in AC Milan's youth set-up, that the Rossoneri recently applied to the Italian FA for special dispensation to play the midfielder in Serie A - against the bodies current ruling - before he turns 16.

Mastour starred for Reggiana from the age of 10, and Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani personally made it his mission to secure the player's signature, which he eventually did after the club paid a hefty €500,000 to sign him.

That might sound like a great deal of money for a player as young as Mastour, but he does have a long list of admirers, including former AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi, who according to recommended the signing to Galliani.

With great ball control and direct dribbling skill, it's easy to see why he has drawn comparisons with Barcelona star Messi.

All that's left is for the technically-gifted trequartista to realise his obvious potential, as Mastour verges on a first-team breakthrough at the San Siro.

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