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Everton outcast Deulofeu says Messi comparisons were “detrimental”

Date Posted,March 26, 2017

Gerard Deulofeu believes comparisons to Lionel Messi were detrimental to his career.

The Everton star has breathed new life into his stuttering career with a loan spell in Serie A with AC Milan.

Deulofeu, 23, was touted as a potential successor to Barcelona icon Messi after a rapid rise through Barcelona’s academy.

His career did not go as he had initially planned, eventually leaving the Nou Camp for Everton on full-time basis in 2015.

Deulofeu says that he remembers the headlines comparing him to Messi – and believes that people began to expect too much from him as a result.

Deulofeu is spending the season on loan at AC Milan (Photo: AFP)
Deulofeu was compared to Messi early in his career (Photo: REUTERS)
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