Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer is convinced Barcelona star Lionel Messi can become as big a name in the game as Pele and Diego Maradona.

"He's a wonderful player," said Beckenbauer, "and to watch him play brings you joy.

"He is only 20 years old and has his whole future in front of him. If he continues at this rate, he will become the best, like Pele and Maradona."