While Andres Iniesta remains one of Europe's best midfielders at the age of 32, the time has come for Barcelona to identify his eventual long-term successor.
The Spaniard will inevitably start to decline in the near future but, because of his importance to the club, replacing him won't be easy.
One player is already being tipped to replace him at the Camp Nou, though: Marco Verratti.
Paris Saint-Germain's star midfielder is just 24-years-old but has already demonstrated technical ability akin to Iniesta's.
Even Iniesta has reportedly earmarked Verratti as his replacement, having told Blaise Matuidi the very same during PSG's 4-0 win over Barcelona last month.
"At 2-0, we saw the faces of the Barcelona players and they seemed very angry with themselves," Matuidi told France Bleu Radio.
"However, I do remember one moment when I said something to Iniesta. When Marco was on the ground, I said to Iniesta: 'That is your successor'.
"He agreed and replied: 'Yes, that is what I think [too]'."
Verratti was hugely impressive during the 4-0 win - not so much in the second leg, though - and he was at it once again during PSG's game against Lyon on Sunday.
In the video below, Verratti picked up possession in his own defensive third before beating no less than FOUR opposition players in one mazy dribble.
VERRATTI: THE FUTURE INIESTA
How's that for quick feet? Barcelona - among many others - are reportedly preparing a move for Verratti this summer but, according to his agent, he'll be playing for PSG next season.
"Marco Verratti will continue at PSG," Donato Di Campli told Nansa. "He has a contract until 2021. He will stay in France.
"There is no doubt because he is a respectful person with contracts. Afterwards, if PSG ask us to leave, we will leave. It's [too] soon to speak about a return to Italy. He is only 24."
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