Bundesliga legend, Lothar Matthäus, singled out youngster Leon Goretzka as the player who resembles him the most in his prime. 

Goretzka broke into the international scene after helping Germany nick the Confederations Cup in 2017. He only grew in stature over the last year and booked himself a place in Joachim Löw's star-studded squad. 

The youngster may not be a guaranteed starter in Russia but Matthäus claims only the promising starlet comes close to him. 

"I think I was someone who worked very well for the defence and the attack," Matthäus told ​bundesliga.com

The legend was then pressed on which player today most resembled him, to which he said: "Nobody can play like me (laughs!). There are differences and similarities but my position was box-to-box and Leon Goretzka is a player like this."

"The speed is much higher than 20 or 30 years ago," Matthäus continued.

 "It’s the same when you compare the World Cup to the ‘60s and ‘70s. That was football standing still, and football at Italia '90 was moving and running a little bit more than before, but now it’s really high-speed!"

Goretzka scored four goals and assisted twice as Schalke managed to finish second in the league, behind Bayern Munich. The player will now proudly don ​Bayern's iconic red next season, a move which could help unlock his optimum potential.