As we mentioned earlier this month, Kekuta Manneh is one of 10 up-and-coming talents from around the world that are being featured in adidas’ Backed by Messi campaign, in celebration of Lionel Messi and “his standing as the greatest soccer player to ever grace this planet.”

Manneh, in fact, was featured prominently in Episode 2 of the series, titled “Stepping Up,” which dropped over the weekend. The 21-year-old Whitecaps FC winger discussed “stepping up” to professional soccer from the youth ranks and had some words of praise for Messi himself.

“It’s just like the ball is glued to his feet,” Manneh said.

Watch the video at the top of this page and see the full list of players “Backed by Messi” below.

·         Jean-Kévin Augustin (PSG)

·         Gabriel Boschilia (AS Monaco FC)

·         Davide Calabria (AC Milan)

·         Kasper Dolberg (AFC Ajax)

·         Nadya Karpova (Chertanovo)

·         Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

·         Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls)

·         Nathan (SBV Vitesse/Chelsea FC)

·         Patrick Roberts (Celtic FC/Manchester City FC)

·         Chanathip Songkrasin (Muangthong United)

Manneh featured in Episode 2 of Backed by Messi: 'It's like the ball is glued to his feet' -