Diego Milito certainly knows a thing or two about what makes a top class centre forward and with the 37-year-old in Milan on Sunday to watch the Derby d’Italia, the Champions League winner believes Mauro Icardi is on a par with Juventus’ €90 million star Gonzalo Higuaín.
Icardi starred as Inter came from a goal down to beat the Serie A champions in the San Siro and kickstart the club’s slow start under new coach Frank de Boer.
Milito won the Champions League with the Nerazzurri in 2010 and was honoured before the game but admitted to Gazzetta dello Sport that he was surprised Juventus opted not to start compatriot Gonzalo Higuaín.
“[Massimiliano] Allegri will have had his reasons, but I was very surprised when I saw Pipa [Higuain] on the bench.”
While Milito may hold Higuaín in high esteem, the Racing icon thinks equally highly of Inter’s current number nine, Mauro Icardi.
“Icardi is worth the same as Higuain and for the title of top-scorer [in Serie A], I see a fight between the two of them.”
The Inter Milan striker has already scored four goals this season and amid growing interest, the 23-year-old club captain is in line for a bumper new deal.
“He is a killer in the box and everyone knows it, but against Juve he was a real team man,” Milito said.
“This was demonstrated by the way he picked up fouls for the team against [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Giorgio] Chiellini, and the ease with which, even when it seemed like he had lost an opportunity, he put in the cross to Perisic.
“And he’s only 23 years old!”
Icardi may have missed out on Edgardo Bauza’s most recent Argentina squad but it seems only a matter of time before he is given another chance.