Claudio Marchisio is often compared to Marco Tardelli, but the Juventus legend claims “he is stronger than I was.”
The midfielder has become the unlikely hero of this season and their top scorer, though he received the highest praise from the current Republic of Ireland assistant manager.
“It’s difficult to compare players from the past and the present, but in my view he is stronger than I was,” Tardelli told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
More of the stars from that 1980s Juventus and Italy side also gave their backing to Marchisio.
“I always avoid comparisons, but Marchisio is Tardelli’s real heir,” said Fulvio Collovati.
Current Azzurri Coach Cesare Prandelli added Marchisio “has broken through. He has quantity, quality and now scores goals too. He’s fantastic.”