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Abel Hernandez is convinced Palermo starlet Javier Pastore will soon be like Lionel Messi of Barcelona...

Javier Pastore is on the road to becoming better than Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, claims Palermo striker Abel Hernandez.

Pastore, 21, has been a long-time target for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, though recently he admitted rejecting the chance to join either club.

Still, Hernandez believes it won't be long before his Rosanero team-mate makes the step up to match Messi's abundant brilliance.

"Pastore? We have always done well together since we met," Hernandez told

"He just needs a little bit more to be world class. Maybe in a year he will be ready.

"I think he can become just like Messi."

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