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Foden could reach the heights of Ronaldo & Messi, suggests Owen

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A striker of England’s ‘golden generation’ believes that the sky is the limit for the Man City starlet.

Phil Foden has the potential to become “an absolute world-class player for years and years to come”, according to Michael Owen.

21-year-old Foden might be short on experience but he certainly isn’t short on talent, evident from the fact that he has been able to fight off competition in Manchester City’s star-studded squad and make a place for himself in Pep Guardiola’s line-ups.

Making 50 appearances across all competitions in 2020/21, he was key to the Sky Blues’ Premier League and Football League Cup successes while he also played a crucial role in their historical run up to the final of the Champions League.

Contributing 16 goals and 10 assists last season, the midfielder managed to beat the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, and Trent Alexander-Arnold to the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

“We’ve got so many good kids, but he is the one,” Owen told of Foden, talking to talkSPORT on behalf of Booking.com. “I look at him and think he could be anything. World, world class.

“We’re talking the Messi’s and Ronaldo’s that are going to finish in the coming years and we’re all looking at the next generation of great players.

“I think from the England point of view he could be an absolute world-class player for years and years to come. I just hope he keeps developing in that way.”