Valentin Carboni: Argentina's 'next Dybala' rejected Liverpool and Juventus before starring at Inter
Lionel Messi stands on the verge of immortality. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner is 90 minutes away from finally getting his hands on the World Cup, a trophy that should confirm his status as the greatest footballer to have ever played the game (for most people, anyway).
Of course, winning a World Cup final is never easy, and there is no certainty that Messi will be lifting the biggest prize in world football on Sunday given the strength of the France team his Argentina side will be facing.
What we do know for certain, though, is that the final will be Messi's final appearance at a World Cup, with the Paris Saint-Germain star having confirmed that he does not expect to play in the 2026 edition, during which he will celebrate his 39th birthday.
Thoughts will soon, then, turn to the future for the Albiceleste, and how they go about challenging for more silverware without their talisman.
A new generation will need to rise, and one of those around whom there is hope is Valentin Carboni, who has already had a taste of training alongside Messi for the national team.
Currently on the fringes of the Inter first team, Carboni has been spoken about as a potentially top talent for a few years at San Siro, and the hope is that he will be a household name by the time Argentina are next naming a World Cup squad.
But what makes the 17-year-old so special? Let NXGN explain...