Kevin De Bruyne has been hailed as a future winner of the Ballon d'Or by Pep Guardiola, but Zbigniew Boniek believes Piotr Zielinski is better than the Belgium playmaker.
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has compared Zielinski to De Bruyne, whose goals and assists have sent Manchester City 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Zielinski is regarded as one of the brightest talents in European football and Boniek, head of the Polish Football Association, already rates the 23-year-old above De Bruyne.
"He will be the next De Bruyne? I think Zielinski already has more quality than De Bruyne," Boniek said to Corriere dello Sport.
"They are different kind of players, of course, but they have the same ability to leave their mark on the team. I think that he will become a top player.
"He was 16, I went to see a Poland youth international match and thought: 'This is an extraordinary player'."