Talentspotter Lautaro Martinez

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COM­PARED TO: Gabriel Batis­tuta – at least that’s how Ar­gentina boss Jorge Sam­paoli sees him. Martinez begs to dif­fer: “No, no, I want to be like Radamel Fal­cao.”

THE STORY SO FAR: A nat­u­ral No.9 and a lethal fin­isher. His goal record shows that when de­ployed cen­trally. Made his de­but aged 15 at Liniers, mov­ing to Rac­ing Club a year later. In con­tention to make Ar­gentina’s World Cup squad, he turned down a loan move to Real Madrid Castilla in 2016 and then looked set to join Atletico Madrid. He is now bound for Serie A side In­ter this sum­mer, hav­ing hit a hat-trick when one of the Ner­az­zurri’s di­rec­tors went to see him. Arse­nal were also linked.

NICK­NAME: El Toro (‘The Bull’), be­cause of his strength. Cel­e­brates goals by em­u­lat­ing the horns of a bull with his fin­gers. SO­CIAL ME­DIA:

Not into it any more. “I used to spend a lot of time on it, but most things I read were not do­ing me any good,” he said. “If you score three goals you are the best. If you miss, the fans ask what you are do­ing at Rac­ing!” DID YOU KNOW? Sent off against Eng­land at last year’s U20 World Cup, for el­bow­ing Fikayo To­mori... HE SAID: “I would rather watch a bas­ket­ball game than football”, al­though he gave up a po­ten­tial bas­ket­ball ca­reer when he was 15.

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