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Meet Nigeria's mini Messi - Eche

Updated: 2019-08-13 14:36

Eleven-year-old soccer sensation Eche Chinonso dreams of following in the footsteps of his idols Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with footage filmed in the southern city of Warri, Nigeria on Aug 7-8 showing he isn't too far off.

The social-media star is able to juggle not just one ball but two, balance them on his head and perform sitting down.

The third of six children, Eche took up football when he was eight and it didn't take long to catch his coach's eye.

"I'm not surprised about his playing, but I am overwhelmed because I know he is a child with vision, he is a child with talent," said Edema Theophilus, the owner of Edema Football Academy where Eche goes each day after his 6am warm-up.

But despite all the hype and glory at such a young age, Eche won't get comfortable and remains ambitious.

"My role models are Ronaldo and Messi," he said with a grin. "My dream is to become a great footballer."

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