Barcelona's goal hero against Villarreal this weekend, Lionel Messi, has stated he watched fellow Argentine Javier Pastore's magnificent hat-trick for Palermo in the Sicilian derby.
Messi told FIFA.com he only has good things to say about the playmaker who has already been linked with the Blaugrana to potentially form a formidable partnership with their current star.
"You can see he is tough, he's physically fit and he's going to go far, I am convinced of it," said the 'Messiah'.
"He has come on leaps and bounds at Palermo, I didn't know much about him when he played for Huracan but I got to see his quality at the World Cup.
"We played alongside each other against Japan and we struck up a good understanding," Messi complimented his international partner.