Respected scout Robert Druda certainly made one hell of a claim when he told Calciomercato last month that young Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira ‘can be even stronger than Marco Verratti’.
Italian international Verratti, after all, is one of the finest players in European football and, according to The Mail, is valued at a staggering £88 million by Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona are convinced that the 24-year-old is the heir apparent to none other than legendary playmaker Xavi and the transfer fee would have made Verratti the most expensive midfielder of all time.
Torreira, in contrast, has barely gotten started. In fact, the closest he has come to a marquee move is when Everton watched him and former Samp team-mate Patrick Schick in a Serie A scouting mission back in March, per Tuttomercatoweb.
However, while Torreira has a long way to go before he can claim to be in the same league as Verratti, the 21-year-old produced a goal that the PSG talisman could only dream of this weekend.
The Uruguayan belted home a truly unbelievable free-kick from around 30 yards to cap a Man of the Match performance in Sampdoria’s crushing 4-1 hammering of Chievo Verona on Sunday afternoon. It was Torreira’s second of the day and, surely, the best of his short career so far.
Goal of the season?!?!— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 29, 2017
Lucas Torreira with one of the best free kicks you'll see
So far there was no wall... pic.twitter.com/y5kE4VaWVT
Sampdoria paid just £1.5 million to sign Torreira in the summer of 2016. Though more moments of magic like this will have clubs like Everton willing to offer Samp a huge profit for another diminutive playmaker who made his name at Pescara. Just like Verratti.