‘Little Lionel Messi’ wonderkid signs for Liverpool – and has six-pack at age 6

Meet the wonderkid dubbed “Little Messi” who is taking the football world by storm.

Arat Hosseini is only six but is being tipped to become a superstar and already has 6.8m social media fans.

On moving to Merseyside from Iran last year, his dad Erfan, 45, wasted no time in signing Arat up to the Liverpool FC academy.

Erfan said: “No-one is like Arat – he is a special gift from God.

“I’m so proud of him because he is a little boy who is going to be the pride of the Iranian people.”

The family have cleared their living room so Arat can train for up to three hours a day.

Arat, who can count Lionel Messi among his fans, said: “I want to be the best football player in the world, even better than Messi and Ronaldo. I want to beat all of their records.”

It is not just Arat’s quick feet and eye for goal which have turned him into one of the sport’s hottest young properties – he has astonishing abs, too.

His six-pack has sparked an online backlash. But Erfan said: “We just listen to positive things to reach our goal.”

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Arat recently hit the headlines as he completed a mammoth 3,000 kick-ups.

Should the youngster reach anywhere near the heights of that which Messi has, then he will be a success.

Though Barcelona star Messi struggled on Friday as the Catalan giants were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Footage showed the six-time Ballon d’Or winner appearing visibly deflated and sitting with his shoulders slumped during half-time of the clash.

Rio Ferdinand said: "They've spent, what is it, £800m since Neymar left and still they're reliant on Messi, who came through the youth system there and the older players in the team who were there before that was spent as well.

"They've not recruited in terms of spending that money wisely I don't think going forward.

"But listen, when you've got Messi in your team you can make a few mistakes because invariably he's got them out of trouble."

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