Jet-heeled Manchester United-bound winger Daniel James was likened to eight-time Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt and Brazil icon Ronaldo by Hungary coach Marco Rossi ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2020 qualifier with Wales.

James, 21, is on the brink of a move to Old Trafford from Welsh side Swansea City, with the clubs already agreeing a deal reported to be worth £18million.

The tricky wideman came to prominence this season, playing 33 times for the Swans in the Championship, scoring four times and setting up another seven.

His blistering pace is the attribute most have taken note of, with one particular goal against Brentford February's FA Cup meeting showcasing James' speed, as he left all the defenders in his tracks before finishing coolly.

Strong form for Swansea saw James break into Wales' senior squad in November and, prior to facing Hungary, opposing coach Rossi – a former Serie A player with Brescia and Sampdoria – showered the talent with praise.

"James' speed reminds me of Usain Bolt - to be so fast like him is really incredible," Rossi told a news conference on Monday.

"In the last years I don't remember one player that gave me this sensation. His acceleration is so extraordinary, which is why Manchester United have bought him.

"In the past, I played against a very fast player who, for me, was the best after [Diego] Maradona - Ronaldo.

"He was just not known for speed, but for everything. His acceleration looked like James', though at the moment the skills are a little bit different."

Hungary host Wales looking to extend their strong start to Euro 2020 qualification, while Ryan Giggs' side will be desperate to bounce back from Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Croatia.

Brazil great Ronaldo can understand the comparisons between himself and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, a player he professes to "love".

Mbappe, 20, enjoyed a remarkable season in Ligue 1 this term, scoring 33 goals in 29 matches for the champions.

The France international was the undisputed star of PSG's title defence and has been linked with record moves to Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Throughout his fledgling career Mbappe has been likened to former Brazil, Barca, Madrid and Inter forward Ronaldo, as he has a similar combination of pace, skill and lethal finishing.

When asked by Marca if he concurs with those saying they see Ronaldo in Mbappe, the Brazilian said: "Yes, I do. I love him.

"He's fast, can finish and he's only 20 years old. We've known about him for three years already because he has a lot of talent.

"I don't know how players are valued at what they are now, but who am I to speak? People paid a lot of money for me, and for [Zinedine] Zidane. It's a normal evolution in football."

If Mbappe was to move to Madrid, he would link up with another of the world's most promising players in Vinicius Junior.

Ronaldo's compatriot enjoyed a promising debut season and was one of the few bright points for Madrid, who finished third in LaLiga and were knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax in the last 16.

"No, I'd seen him at Flamengo," Ronaldo replied when asked if Vinicius' adaptation was unexpected.

"He has a lot of quality and that's why Madrid paid €40million. When they put him in the team they saw what he has.

"He's not fully formed, but he's 18 years old and it'll come. He's an incredible player and will bring a lot of joy."

Ronaldo said when Barcelona win it is because of Lionel Messi but when the Spanish giants lose it is down to Ernesto Valverde and Philippe Coutinho as he had a dig at the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Messi and Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, the LaLiga holders surrendering a 3-0 first-leg advantage in a stunning 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

Barca head coach Valverde was heavily scrutinised after the club's treble hopes ended, while attacker Coutinho was also the target of criticism.

Brazilian great Ronaldo – who played for both Barca and Real Madrid – believes the other players are deserving of more respect in the shadow of superstar Messi.

"Barcelona have a great team, and they have the best player in the world in Messi," Ronaldo said.

"The other day I heard that when they lose, it's because of Valverde, Coutinho... but not Messi.

"And when they win, Barcelona win because of Messi. It's a tremendous lack of respect to all the players and the coaching staff."

Reflecting on the match, Ronaldo added: "When a team are a lot more motivated, with an intensity that is noticeably greater than that of their opponents, [the comeback] can happen.

"Liverpool's intensity was not a surprise for Barcelona, but they lacked a bit of luck.

"The first leg was a great match by Barcelona, with an exceptional performance by Messi, but in the return fixture, Liverpool overwhelmed them with intensity, desire and a clinical nature."

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