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Jean Marie Dongou

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Jean Marie Dongou is a teenager of immense promise who played in the Samuel Eto'o foundation before moving to Barcelona as a 13-year-old.

Dubbed ‘the new Lionel Messi’ by some and ‘the next Eto’o’ by others, the striker has the potential to make a huge impact over the next 15 years. Dongou, as Messi did as a youth, has been competing with players three years older than him, and has not looked out of place.

"His potential is limitless," his European Cup-winning coach Oscar Garcia told Spanish soccer journalist Graham Hunter in 2011.

The Cameroonian is not similar in style to Messi standing at 6 ft, being right-footed and playing higher up the field. Comparisons with Romelu Lukaku and Didier Drogba are more accurate.

Dongou boasts pace, power and impressive upper-body strength. He can hold the ball up effectively when he plays at the point of attack for Barca’s youth teams.

Like Messi, Dongou set up home at Barca’s La Masia academy when he was 13, and has regularly surpassed the 30-goal mark in each of his seasons at the club.

A natural-born goalscorer, Dongou has also competed in the youth version of the Champions League (called the NextGen Series) and looks set to be the next wonderkid off the Barca conveyor belt.

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