Former Inter Milan President Ernesto Pellegrini believes that, at the moment, Nerazzurri captain Lautaro Martinez is the best striker in the world.
Pellegrini spoke to Italian broadcaster GR Parlamento, via FCInterNews. He praised Martinez not just as a player, but also as a person.
This season has been another one of significant growth for Martinez at Inter.
The Argentine inherited the captain’s armband from Samir Handanovic in the summer.
And this seems to have inspired Martinez to further heights.
The 26-year-old has already scored fourteen goals in Serie A this season. In all competitions, that number is sixteen for the campaign.
Martinez has been Inter’s top scorer in each of the past two seasons.
And, barring a fairly massive surprise, he should do so again this time around as well.
Moreover, Martinez gives Inter far more than just his goals. The Argentine is the player who sets the tone for how Inter play with his linkup play and defensive workrate.
Ex Inter President Pellegrini Brands Lautaro Martinez Best Striker In The World
For his part, former Nerazzurri President Pellegrini feels that Martinez is at a level beyond any other player in his position in all of world football.
“Lautaro is the best striker in the world,” he argued.
“He has an eye for goal like few other players.”
Pellegrini also praised the Argentine’s personal qualities as much as his talent on the pitch.
“I don’t just see him as a great player. I also see him as a great man,” the former Inter President said of Martinez.
And Pellegrini also predicted that the two teams currently at the top of the Serie A table will be the ones fighting for it until the end of the season.
“It will be a Derby d’Italia right until the end,” the former President said of the title race.
“You can see it in the table already.”
“Juve are right there in it, because they don’t tend to drop points,” Pellegrini said. “They believe in the result right until the end, and they get a bit of luck.”
“You have to say they’re lucky,” he added. “When you win in the 95th minute, it means you’ve gotten some luck, even if you never stopped fighting for it and believing in the result.”
Pellergini suggested that “We’ll have to be very careful going up against this Juventus.”
“They’re a tough team, and they don’t concede goals,” he said of the Bianconeri.
He suggested that “Football has evened out a lot. Teams like Sassuolo and Bologna are more competitive than now. That means that football has improved.”