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Position: Central midfield (regista)
PSG has amassed the largest collection of Italians outside of the peninsula, and the jewel of their collection might be the 20-year-old Verratti.
The youngster is the latest in a line of players that the Italian media has dubbed the "next Andrea Pirlo," but he's the first player that can actually be worthy of that title. Converted to a regista by Zdenek Zeman at Pescara, Verratti led the delfini to their first promotion to Serie A in more than 20 years, and PSG swooped in to beat Juventus for his signature this summer.
In both French and European competition he has completed 89.4 percent of his passes, dialing up three assists in domestic play. His game is so like Pirlo's he's even started replicating his skill at long balls, averaging nearly seven per game in Champions League play this year.
He's also already better in the tackle than Pirlo—though that skill in the tackle also comes with a need for better discipline, as he's garnered 11 yellow cards in all competitions, including one in Tuesday's Champions League match against Valencia which saw him suspended for the second leg of the round of 16 tie.
Verratti has struggled for playing time at PSG since the return of Thiago Motta from his injury, but that hasn't deterred Prandelli from including him on his last three rosters as well as his provisional squad for Euro 2012. He even started the youngster over Pirlo in November's friendly against France.
Verratti will likely get most of his time in friendlies for the time being, but if Pirlo retires from international competition as expected after the 2014 World Cup, the keys to the Italian attack will likely be handed to this wunderkind, the true successor of Andrea Pirlo.