"Straight away, I was looking at Wilfried and thinking, ‘There’s something special about this lad’,” said Burley to the Telegraph. "He had that flair for running with the ball and taking players on. He has great balance.
"He was the type of lad who, if people tackled him, he didn’t fall over. They just seemed to bounce off him and then he had that amazing ability to go again. That’s what stuck out.
"Maradona had the strength as well. Messi and Wilfried are smaller in frame but it doesn’t mean you are not strong and tough to take challenges.”
He continued: "It’s all sixth sense; co-ordination with a ball and quick feet from when he was out playing on the streets with 20 kids around him. He has not been manufactured.
"It’s great to see and you don’t see much of it now. Society has changed and that hasn’t helped the development of players, especially in Britain.
"Wilfried was brought up in an area where they are out on the streets and out in the parks playing football for hours. That has certainly developed the boy’s skill. It was similar with Georgie Best.”