MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 29: Gonzalo Higuain (L) of AC Milan celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SPAL at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 29, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

AC Milan full-back Davide Calabria has risen to Gonzalo Higuain’s defence following his recent struggles by claiming that he’s “our Cristiano Ronaldo”

The Argentine striker joined Milan last summer on a season-long loan deal after finding himself surplus to requirements at Juventus due to Ronaldo’s blockbuster arrival from Real Madrid.

But things at the San Siro haven’t got off to the smoothest of starts for Higuain with just six goals in 15 Serie A games this term.

This has led to reports of a move to Chelsea in this month’s transfer window with Milan allegedly unwilling to continue paying Higuain’s salary and the €40m buy option for next season.

Calabria, on the other hand though, is convinced Higuain remains a key part for Milan and described what he brings to the team.

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 17: Radja Nainggolan of FC Internazionale celebrates his goal with his team-mates during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 17, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Everybody is happy at Inter Milan

From coach Luciano Spalletti to goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, the team's footballers are delighted to have defeated Sampdoria 2-1 at San Siro Stadium.

“I told my agent that I’d never seen a striker like Higuain. He’s very good and always done well wherever he’s played,” Calabria told GazzaNet.

“Is there a problem with him? No, there isn’t. He’s having a tough time, which can happen, but he’s our Cristiano Ronaldo, given us prestige and something more to the team in general terms.

“He’s won a lot and he has so much experience.”

Milan will take on Higuain’s parent club Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana next Wednesday.