Chelsea wonderkid who can’t join for two years scores incredible goal and fans convinced they’ve got the next Lionel Messi
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Chelsea wonderkid who can’t join for two years scores incredible goal and fans convinced they’ve got the next Lionel Messi

Oct 24, 2023

Chelsea fans believe they already have the next Lionel Messi in Kendry Paez, but he won’t link up until another two years.

The 16-year-old signed for the Blues from Independiente del Valle for £17.5million last summer.

Paez continues to star for Independiente del Valle and has two goals in two games

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Paez continues to star for Independiente del Valle and has two goals in two gamesCredit: getty

Paez will head to Stamford Bridge in 2025 when he turns 18, but that has not stopped supporters from casting an eye on the highly-rated youngster.

The Ecuadorian midfielder netted a sublime strike over the weekend against Guayaquil City.

Paez found the top corner with his left foot, which instantly left fans stunned.

One said: “Kendry Paez scored a Lionel Messi kind of goal.”

Another added: “All I see is a top 10 player in the future.”

A third wrote: “Think we may have the new Messi.”

While a further fan commented: “Elite ball striking at 16… We’ve got a potential all timer on our hands here.”

Paez has netted in his last two league matches and is continuing to shine for Independiente del Valle.

Some fans even think the club have signed 'the next Messi'

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Some fans even think the club have signed ‘the next Messi’
The 16-year-old Ecuador international was eyed by Man United and Borussia Dortmund

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The 16-year-old Ecuador international was eyed by Man United and Borussia DortmundCredit: getty

Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund were both keen on securing his signature, before Mauricio Pochettino’s side won the race.

The talented teenager will likely join fellow countryman Moises Caicedo at Stamford Bridge.

Caicedo is another who came through the ranks at the famed Ecuadorian club before moving to the Premier League.

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