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Italian legends slam Mauro Icardi

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Former strikers Christian Vieri and Antonio Cassano have blasted Mauro Icardi over the past week

The Inter Milan captain is regarded as one of the best forwards in Italian football of the last couple of seasons.

Over the past eight years, Icardi has scored 116 goals in 198 Serie A games for both Inter and Sampdoria.

Yet Icardi appears to have not made much of an impression on Vieri, who’s been recently compared to the Argentine.

But the Inter legend was having none of it.

“Icardi? We’re very different,” Vieri told Radio Deejay.

“I wanted to start fights with everyone. I scored about 140 goals in Serie A and, more or less, I remember them all, even the chances I missed.”

Vieri scored a total of 236 goals in 476 career games at club level for the likes of Inter, Juventus, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid.

The Italian finished as the top Serie A scorer twice throughout his playing days and was named Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1999.

Meanwhile, Cassano had a dig at Icardi by claiming that he would find it difficult to be in the Inter squad of 1999 – which featured Vieri and Ronaldo Nazario.

“In 1999, for example, when I started playing professional football, there were players like Pirlo, [Francesco] Cozza and [Roberto] Baronio at Reggina, who were fighting to stay up,” said Cassano.

“If Icardi had been at Inter, would he have played in front of Ronaldo and Vieri?”