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 Calcionews24.com.
"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."