Former Parma and Newcastle United forward Faustino Asprilla is backing Inter Milan captain Lautaro Martinez at the Copa America.

The Colombian spoke to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInter1908, in an interview published in yesterday’s print edition.

This summer, Inter’s Martinez has been the main main for Argentina at the Copa America.

The 26-year-old has chipped in with four goals so far. He failed to find the back of the net against Ecuador in the quarterfinals, but scored in every one of the Albiceleste’s group stage matches.

Martinez and his teammates will take on Canada in the semifinals on Tuesday evening.

The Albiceleste have already beaten Canada once at the tournament. They did so in the first group stage match, which was the opener for the tournament.

Faustino Asprilla Backs Inter Captain Lautaro Martinez At Copa America

Martinez scored in the first match against Canada that Argentina had.

The Inter captain came off the bench to find the back of the net in that match. He scored Argentina’s second goal to wrap up a 2-0 win.

It was Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez who started at striker in that match.

But it is not entirely clear which of the two strikers will start in the semifinals.

It was the Manchester City striker who started the first two matches. But then Martinez became the starter after his blistering early form.

That is the reverse of the World Cup in Qatar.

Inter’s Martinez had gone into that tournament as the clear first-choice starter for the Albiceleste. But Alvarez had then gone on to take the starting place from him by showing better form.

As far as the Copa America, former Colombia forward Asprilla said that “Argentina remain the strongest team.”

“Lautaro is very impressive,” the Colombian went on of Argentina’s talisman. “He always scores.”