Sporting Lisbon sign 'Baby Messi' Ryan Gauld from Dundee United for £3M.

Sporting Lisbon signed Dundee United’s Ryan Gauld for 6 years in an astonishing £3M deal. The 18-year-old has impressed in the Scottish Premier League due to his vision and quick feet.

Ryan Gauld celebrating with Dundee United

However, it is the player’s clinical left foot that earned Gauld the nickname ‘Baby Messi.’ Sporting Lisbon included a £48M buyout clause to prevent the player from leaving for less.

Ryan Gauld with Sporting's president Bruno de Carvalho

VIDEO: watch Gauld's skills, goals, and assists

Aurelio Pereira spotted Ryan Gauld from Dundee and encouraged Sporting to make a move. Pereira already spotted a certain Cristiano Ronaldo in the past and the Portuguese club hope the talent spotter is right.

Cristiano Ronaldo during his spell at Sporting Lisbon before joining Manchester United