Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi – A Stirker That Doesn’t Get The Credit He Deserves

When Inter Milan squared up against AC Milan in the latest famous Milan derby, the difference was Mauro Icardi. The Inter captain popped up with a superb hat-trick that sank Vincenzo Montella’s team. Despite his heroics for Internazionale, Icardi is still not considered a world-class striker in many quarters.

Milan derbies are usually seesaw affairs – no safe bets. Strikers usually get kicked all over the pitch and barely grab any more than a brace. The last striker to score a hat-trick in the Derby della Madonnina was Diego Milito and that was in May of 2012. Icardi’s hat-trick took his all-time tally for Inter to 87. With almost a century of goals for the Serie A giants he joined in 2013, it’s quite surprising that the name, Mauro Icardi doesn’t pop up in the discussion concerning world-class strikers.

Icardi, an Argentine of Italian origin has had his fair share of trouble in Milan. His marriage to Wanda Nara, ex-wife of his Sampdoria teammate, Maxi Lopez, and a chapter in his autobiography that had to be taken down were scandals that dominated tabloids for months and threatened to truncate his Inter career. Today, fans of Nerazzurri can’t stop screaming to his goals.

Nine goals in eight matches for the 2010 Champions League winners, Icardi has had a typically prolific start to the 2017-18 season. A goal-poacher that actually poaches goals, Mauro Icardi remains one of the most revered strikers in Serie A.

In Italy and Argentina, many who dislike Icardi, do so on account of his controversial affair with Wanda Nara, his performance on the pitch being secondary.  Last season, Icardi was among the strikers who lit up the Serie A stage with goals, Inter number 9 scored 24 goals for Seria A bigwigs.

Through September, Icardi failed to find the net from open play, leading to criticism from a section of Inter fans as well as the media, but his performance against AC Milan once again served as a reminder how much of a world class striker he, is.

At just 24, Mauro Icardi’s goalscoring prowess has been on the rise since he joined the Nerazzurri four years ago. He emerged Serie A top scorer in the 2014-15 season. His devotion to the Inter cause has earned him the skippers armband at such a young age.

Mauro Icardi – overly underrated

Many Spurs fans will tell you Harry Kane is underrated, I think the opposite. A fine example of an underrated striker is Mauro Icardi. Despite his heroics for Inter Milan, it’s quite a surprise that the Italian media and the football world continue to rate Icardi as an average striker.

It’s even more surprising that a player of his quality has only four caps for the Argentina national team. With Lionel Messi assuming the bulk of the goalscoring burden for La Albiceleste, the one player who could share that burden with ease for Jorge Sampaoli’s setup doesn’t get a look at.

Mauro Icardi tops the list of strikers in Europe’s big five Leagues who are doing more than they get credit for. The searchlight is usually on strikers in more lucrative leagues or those bought for mouth-watering sums. However, this Serie A striker, signed by Inter Milan for just over £6 million has scored more goals for the club than former Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo ever did.

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