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'African Wonderkid Can Challenge For Ballon D'Or Soon'

One of the first people to discover Manchester United's African wonderkid Amad Diallo believes the winger can challenge for the Ballon d'Or in the next five years.

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The 18-year-old impressed at Atalanta before joining the Red Devils, but Giovanni Galli was introduced to Diallo long before there was a buzz around his name.

Galli, a former AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper, was operating as Lucchese's sporting director when met the Ivorian starlet for the first time, before organising him a trial at Atalanta at a later stage.

In a recent interview, Galli said he hopes the United talent never loses his speed and that he believes the youngster could even compete for the Ballon d'Or in the near future.

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"Amad is unique," he told Goal.

"But he must make himself stronger.

"At the same time, he must make sure he does not lose his speed, which is a quality that distinguishes him from others.

"In short, I think he has all the qualities to be a candidate for the Ballon d'Or in the next five years."

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To this day, George Weah remains the only African player to have won the prestigious individual accolade, with the Liberian being handed the award in 1995.

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