Cafu hands Hector Bellerin a huge compliment

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Brazil icon and two-time World Cup winner Cafu says Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin reminds him of himself.

The 46-year-old legend, who is in England to take part in the Arsenal Legends vs Milan Glorie charity match this weekend, admitted that sees a lot of himself in the 21-year-old right-back.

Cafu recently took part in a Q&A with Arsenal's official Twitter page, and here's what he had to say about the Spain international.


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"Bellerin is much like me at 21," said Cafu. "He is very fast and very impressive. (He has a) big, big future!"

Bellerin and Cafu's similarities

After Bellerin's impressive rise to prominence over the last year or so, it's no surprise that he has won the acclaim of one of the greatest full-backs of all-time.

The ex-Barcelona youth player broke into Arsene Wenger's side during the 2014-15 campaign and last season he firmly established himself as the Gunners' first-choice right-back, making 36 Premier League starts.

Similar to Cafu in his prime, Bellerin is comfortable on the ball, extremely quick, strong in the tackle and an excellent outlet going forward.

The energetic Spaniard was the best right-back in the English top flight last term as Arsenal finished second and he fully deserved his inclusion in the 2015-16 PFA Team of the Year.

Bellerin was also a member of Spain's Euro 2016 squad and he has played every minute of the new Premier League season so far.

Arsenal currently lie in eighth place at this very early stage after a win, a loss and a draw from their opening three games. Last year's runners-up welcome Claude Puel's Southampton to the Emirates Stadium next Saturday afternoon.

Can Bellerin become one of the world's best right-backs? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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