Ilicic is being heralded amongst the best forwards in Italian top flight football, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Ciro Immobile.
For the greater part of his career, Josip Ilicic was not known as prolific. But as the fortunes of Atalanta have changed, the Slovenian finds himself in the race for Serie A Golden Boot. While Ciro Immobile cruises in first place, he was closing in on Romelu Lukaku and Joao Pedro.
However, Ilicic has a better minutes per goal ratio than Lukaku and Pedro. He stands behind Immobile and Ronaldo. An elite company to be in.
One wonders, how at the age of 32, the Slovenian is having the best season of his life. Is it because of the circumstances, of is it the fruit of his toils? We aim to answer these questions and shed light on the nimble footed giant.