Napoli attacker Goran Pandev has revealed that fellow forward Lorenzo Insigne reminds him of Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Insigne is back at the San Paolo after a successful loan spell at Pescara and has been impressing all and sundry with his performances in pre-season, with the Italy Under-21 international netting the winner in the Partenopei's recent friendly win over Bayern Munich.
Pandev acknowledges that his young team-mate still has a long way to go before he can really be compared with three-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, but he is in no doubt that Insigne is on the same path to greatness.
"He's a great guy," the Macedonia international told Radio Marte. "In terms of his dribbling, he reminds me of Messi.
"[Messi] is the best in the world, but [Insigne] has the possibility of tracing the career of the Barcelona phenomenon."
Insigne is being talked of as the ideal replacement for Ezequiel Lavezzi, who left for Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the summer, but Pandev does not quite see it that way.
"They are two different players," he mused. "But they are alike in one-on-ones. I think Lorenzo is better in front of goal than 'Pocho', but it's up to him to show his best."
Insigne struck 18 times in Serie B last season, with the striker's goals playing a key role in Pescara's promotion to the top flight.