We can't have a conversation about who will be the next Lionel Messi without considering his mastering of the false-nine.
He used to be just a winger, then he became a playmaker, now he's all of the above and so much more. How do we quantify the amount of talent the Argentine has? It's difficult, but you can take key attributes from his game and look for them in others.
Erik Lamela is progressing at a rapid rate this season, and has already bagged eight goals and three assists in 11 Serie A starts.
This, compared to last season's total haul of four goals and six assists, represents a remarkable improvement that has the Giallorossi fans rightly optimistic.
The River Plate youth product has shown an ability to play as a wide forward, a playmaker and a false-nine, making any worries regarding Francesco Totti's lifespan a little muted.