El Shaarawy has been tipped to have a big future after securing his place as a regular starter for Milan and Shevchenko believes that there are comparisons between him and the Italy international.
The former Milan striker told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I don't know who El Shaarawy can be compared to. I also believe that comparisons are harmful, because every champion is different.
"But Stephan has something that reminds me of myself, for example when he accelerates."
The 21-year-old scored his first goal in the Champions League on Wednesday against Zenit St. Petersburg.