Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez sees similarities between Jack Grealish and Lionel Messi.

Grealish, 25, has emerged as one of England’s most electrifying talents with an exceptional 2020/21 campaign for Villa.

Former Arsenal keeper Martinez has trained with Messi on international duty for Argentina – and insists Grealish reminds him of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“He [Grealish] is the most talented player I’ve ever seen,” Martinez said ahead of Aston Villa’s trip to Brighton this Saturday – live on talkSPORT 2.

“He never gives the ball away. When I see Grealish running, it’s always a shot on target or a corner for us. He will drive past two or three players.

“I just see Messi with a right foot when he has the ball. You can’t get the ball off him.

“He’s the most talented English player and I’m surprised he hasn’t played more games for England.