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Ronaldinho believes Gabriel Jesus can succeed Messi

Ronaldinho believes Gabriel Jesus can succeed Messi

Brazil legend Ronaldinho has backed Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus to succeed Lionel Messi and Neymar as the world’s best player.

The 19-year-old has already usurped Sergio Aguero in the City pecking order under Pep Guardiola, scoring three goals in three starts since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in January.

Former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho believes his compatriot can go on to even greater things, though, eventually taking over from Barcelona stars Messi and Neymar.

“Manchester City have a very special player with Gabriel Jesus,” Ronaldinho said, is quoted by the Daily Mirror. “Maybe even, in the future, the best player in the world.

“At the moment it is Messi. I have always said I think one day it will be Neymar. But at 19, in the future, it can be Gabriel. He has all the abilities to make that happen.”