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The shot stopper believes the promising youngster is destined for greatness and is also delighted he no longer has to face Lionel Messi on the pitch.

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo says Munir El Haddadi's impressive performance in Sunday's 3-0 La Liga win over Elche did not come as a surprise to him.

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The 18-year-old - who impressed in the UEFA Youth League last season with 11 goals in 10 outings - netted once in his official first-team debut at Camp Nou and caused problems for the visitng defense throughout a highly accomplished performance.

Munir has received his fair share of praise in the past few days, and Bravo is confident the young forward has a bright future ahead of him.

"I was not surprised by what he did against Elche the other day," the Barca goalkeeper said at a news conference. "Munir has what it takes to go far in this game."

The Chile international then went on to voice his admiration for Lionel Messi in the wake of the Argentine attacker's two goals against Elche, admitting he is relieved he no longer has to face him on the pitch.

"It's a completely different feeling to be on the same team as Messi. You just feel grateful that you're in the same team," Bravo said.

Messi took his La Liga tally to 245 in 278 games this weekend and needs only six more to equal the legendary Telmo Zarra at 251 goals.

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