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LaLiga: Xavi names player in current Barcelona squad similar to Messi

 Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez has said Lamine Yamal can mark an era at the club.

Xavi sent on Yamal to make his La Liga debut in the 4-0 win against Real Betis on Saturday.

The 15-year-old has now become Barca’s youngest-ever debutant in the Spanish top flight.

Yamal has already drawn comparisons with Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati, who were teenagers when they broke into the first team.

“He’s a similar player because he has that innate talent in the final third which is difficult to find,” Xavi said about the comparisons.

“Lamine doesn’t seem like a 15-year-old, he’s very mature.

“He’s ready [to play] and he is training well. He can mark an era at this club as part of this team.”

Barcelona’s win over Betis sees the league leaders maintain an 11-point gap ahead of Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men also recorded a 4-2 win over Almeria at home.

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