Lionel Messi makes prediction about Chelsea star Mason Mount

Lionel Messi has hailed Mason Mount's potential and predicts big things for the Chelsea star.

Mount is enjoying an impressive breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge which has also seen him capped at international level for England.

Despite plenty of competition for places in the Blues' midfield, Mount has held his own, largely keeping his shirt ahead of the likes of Ross Barkley.

He was also on course to be involved in England's European Championships campaign this summer before the tournament was moved after playing his way into Gareth Southgate's plans.

Now to top off a remarkable year for the 21-year-old, Mount has now drawn the plaudits of six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi.

As reported by Football London, the Barcelona skipper has teamed up with football card manufacturers Topps to create an exclusive pack pinpointing the best matches and stars of the Champions League.

Mount has featured in the competition for the first time this season, and has been included in the 'youth on the rise’ category, hand picked by Messi.

On the same card Messi commented: "Having watched him play he has the potential to be one of the best.”

Messi's comments will come as a further boost to Mount, who has been lauded already this season by boss Frank Lampard.

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