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'Playing With Messi Is Not Easy'

Amid speculation linking Lautaro Martinez with a mega-money move to FC Barcelona, a former Argentina international has warned the prolific striker of the challenges that come with playing alongside Lionel Messi.

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Inter Milan striker Martinez is said to be one of Barca's priority targets for the upcoming transfer window, with the Catalan giants looking to find a long-term replacement for ageing forward Luis Suarez. 

Ex-Barca star Javier Saviola, who scored 72 goals in 173 matches for the Catalan club, has backed his countryman to make the move, but highlighted the difficulties he could face in rising to the challenge. 

"Honestly, he (Martinez) is a player who can come in handy for Barcelona," Saviola said during a recent video chat with Goal.

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"We know what it means to be next to Suarez, Messi and other great champions. I'm not saying it's easy to play with them."

Once hailed as the "next Diego Maradona", Saviola is familiar with the burden of pressure that comes with trying to emulate a great player, and warned that Martinez would face the same pressure alongside Messi.

"(Paulo) Dybala (previously) said it was difficult to play with Messi and I support his thesis, because being able to maintain his rhythm requires another level of concentration. It sounds easy but it isn't."

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Martinez joined Inter from Racing Club at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, and has scored 25 goals in 66 appearances for the Serie A outfit to date.

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