Serie A Legend Claims Mauro Icardi Will ‘Replace’ Karim Benzema at Real Madrid Next Season

Former Fiorentina and AC Milan attacker Daniele Massaro has claimed that Inter striker Mauro Icardi will be at Real Madrid next season, as a replacement for Karim Benzema.

Icardi has been on red hot form over the last two seasons, and the Argentine is quickly becoming one of the most revered attackers around Europe, and with 13 goals in as many appearances this term, the 24-year-old doesn’t look to be slowing down.

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And now, with Madrid’s Benzema becoming increasingly unimpressive (despite scoring a brace in Tuesday night’s Champions League victory over APOEL), Massaro seems to think that the Inter attacker is a natural replacement for the Frenchman:

?“I can tell you that, next year, Icardi will be at Real Madrid in [Karim] Benzema’s place,” Massaro told Premium Sport (via Marca).

Before Tuesday’s win, Benzema had only notched one goal this season, as Real Madrid have failed to hit their expected heights in a slow start to the 2017/18 campaign.


However, Benzema may have little to worry about, having signed a fresh four-year-deal at the end of September with Los Blancos. The 29-year-old discussed his delight at signing the new deal at the time, claiming that it was an easy choice to make:

“When you’re at a club and you’re a first-team regular, you don’t need to look elsewhere – especially when you’re at a club like Real Madrid.” Benzema told Sky Sports.

“I think we’re in one of Real Madrid’s best periods ever, it’s as simple as that. The team is really very strong.”

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Madrid now turn their attention to Malaga, who they face at home in their next La Liga fixture.


Agent Calls for Inter to Move on PSG Ace Javier Pastore Amid Chelsea & Liverpool Interest

Javier Pastore’s Agent Marcelo Simoanian has encouraged Italian giants Internazionale to ready a bid for his client in the upcoming January window.

After the outrageous summer acquisitions of Neymar and Mbappe at the Parc des Princes, competition is fierce in all attacking areas and the Argentine, who usually operating in the number 10 position, has slipped down the pecking order for Unai Emery.

The 28-year-old has now been linked with a move to either Serie A or the Premier League, with Liverpool and Chelsea both monitoring the player’s situation.


It appears as though Inter may have already won the race for his signature though according to his agent.

Simonian told ?FCInterNews (?via Sports Mole) that he admired Luciano Spalletti while claiming that, “bringing in Pastore would be an historic opportunity for the Nerazzurri to get back to their winning ways of the recent past.”

“We’ll see if their Chinese owners can sniff out a deal and make the most of having those two phenomenal Inter directors on their books,” he added.


A further boost for Luciano Spalletti comes from Pastore himself, as when questioned about a potential loan switch to Sevilla, the Argentinian international revealed: “it’s more likely i’ll go to Italy.” 

This term Pastore has featured in seven of PSG’s Ligue 1 games this campaign, earning his fourth start in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Nantes – setting up Edinson Cavani for their first and scoring the third.

The playmaker was a success in his first four years in Paris but injuries, inconsistency and competition for places have hampered his progress since his move from Palermo in 2011.


Brazil Legend Ronaldo Picks His Dream Starting XI and It’s Just as Fearsome as You’d Expect

?Arguably the best striker of all time, Ronaldo de Lima has stormed Serie A, La Liga and the international stage having won the highest honour in football, the World Cup. 

The sensational forward obviously played alongside some of the very best along the way in his illustrious 18-year career. While speaking to FATV, Ronaldo revealed his all-time top XI, including past and present greats and it might just be the greatest team ever built.

The two-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 352 at club level, while also managing an impressive 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil. R9 has graced the field for a number of top clubs, including: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Corinthians, but who features in his dream outfit?

The Brazilian has created an absolutely legendary side here and has opted to select current-day superstar, Lionel Messi – who bettered Ronaldo’s scoring record at Barcelona which stood at 47.

Ronaldo had previously managed 34 goals in 37 appearances in La Liga and received the first of his three Player of the Year awards in the 1996-97 season, despite only playing in Barcelona for a single season.

Brazilian Ronaldo (l) shows the Adidas G

The striker is probably most famous for his brace against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final, as Brazil ran out 2-0 victors. Luiz Felipe Scolari chose to select Ronaldo in the Selecao, despite the move being labelled a gamble, as the player had barely played football for two years.

Having helped himself to eight goals, as Brazil secured their fifth and to date last World Cup title – with the tournament recommencing in Russia next year – Scolari must have wondered in hindsight how there was even a decision to be made.

Gérard Ernault (L), director of the maga

Ronaldo topped a glorious 2002 with his third and final World Player of the Year, having won his second at Inter in 1999. The striker then spent five years at the Bernabeu during the famed galactico era – netting 104 goals in 177 games.


Mauro Icardi Aims to Be Like Inter Icon Following Another Match-Winning Display for the Nerazzurri

?Internazionale captain Mauro Icardi says he wants to become a club icon like former skipper Javier Zanetti after another match winning display, according to Sempreinter.

The Argentine’s double in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Atalanta took him to 13 league goals for the season, and during the post match interview with InterTV, he made his aims clear to be an Inter legend like compatriot Zanetti, simply saying: “I want to become an Inter icon like Zanetti.”

??The 24-year-old praised Inter boss Spalletti for his and the teams improvement, telling Mediaset Premium: “He has contributed a lot, he and the rest of the staff are working a lot and we have all improved. Spalletti is very important for us.”

His manager also spoke highly of Icardi following the Atalanta win, praising his instinct in front of goal and around the box. He commented: Nobody had scored against Atalanta from a set-play, but Icardi did, because he’s like a raptor pouncing on its prey.”

He added: “Icardi is a champion, but I am one of those coaches who think a victory is always credited to the whole team. We allowed Atalanta very little, kept it tight, recreating those attacking movements that give you the advantage when trying to score.”

The man he aims to be like, Javier Zanetti, played 858 times for Inter between 1995 and 2014, winning 12 major honours in those 19 years. 

Icardi is fast becoming a club legend with an impressive 84 goals in 138 games for the club since his arrival in 2013 as Inter sit second in Serie A, two points behind leaders Napoli.


Inter Boss Luciano Spalletti Praises ‘Raptor’ Mauro Icardi After Brace in Win Over Atalanta

?Inter coach Luciano Spalletti has compared prolific striker Mauro Icardi to a “raptor pouncing on its prey” after his brace in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Atalanta.

The Argentine forward took his tally for the season to 13 as the Nerazzurri climbed to second in Serie A and extended their unbeaten start to the campaign.

And Spalletti was effusive in his praise of Icardi after his two match-winning headers in the second-half.

“Nobody had scored against Atalanta from a set-play, but Icardi did, because he’s like a raptor pouncing on its prey,” he told Mediaset Premium, quoted by ?Goal.

“Icardi is a champion, but I am one of those coaches who think a victory is always credited to the whole team. We allowed Atalanta very little, kept it tight, recreating those attacking movements that give you the advantage when trying to score.

“Inter have their own identity and tonight played like a mature team that knows when to wait for the important moment, knows where it wants to go and how to get there.”

Such is Icardi’s insatiable thirst for goals, he was quick to point out after the game that he was disappointed not to have taken his chance in the first-half.

“I made the most of those two great crosses,” Icardi said. “I still have regrets over the first-half chance, as I should’ve scored that one too.

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“It’s an important victory because it’s what we needed to do. We just had to focus on ourselves and to win.”