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Comparisons with Messi are 'crazy' claims Pozo

Jose Angel Pozo dismissed comparisons with Lionel Messi as "crazy" after marking his Manchester City debut with a goal.

The 18-year-old striker came off the bench in the 64th minute of City's Capital One Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday and netted the sixth goal in a 7-0 win.

"It is a dream to make my debut and also score," said the teenager. "I am very happy for this."

Pozo (below) joined City two years ago from Real Madrid's academy and has earned the nickname 'Mini Messi' for his exploits. His goalscoring has made him a star of City's youth teams and his first-team debut might have come earlier but for an ankle injury that ruled him out for most of last season.

But being told he has been compared to Barcelona superstar Messi drew a wide-eyed look from Pozo, who said: "This is crazy. Messi is the best player in the world and I have only played one game for the first team."

City boss Manuel Pellegrini revealed before the match against Wednesday that he was considering giving Pozo his chance, with Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Stevan Jovetic all struggling to overcome niggles.

Pozo certainly took his opportunity and will now hope to be given an opportunity in the Premier League.

He said: "Last year was very difficult because I played only five or six games before my injury. This season I'm working very hard. I know I am an Under-21 player but I have an opportunity and I'll try to do my best.

"I have been working with the first team for two weeks. I didn't expect anything. I was just working, waiting for my opportunity."

Pellegrini added: "Pozo is a really good prospect for us, he's a player we believe in a lot."