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Friday December 8 2017
Much ado about Mauro

Mauro Icardi has had his fair share of controversy and made some bad decisions, but Richard Hall sees beyond that to a potential Inter legend.

Mauro Icardi offers up the perception that he is the stereotypical modern-day footballer due to a plethora of items, images and angles he allows others to see, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. He has not been without controversy, but his response to Real Madrid’s recent interest is another glimpse into his personality. The words that if Real called he would “not answer the phone” will no doubt please many in Milan, and even though his wife and agent will not rule it out, it seems he is happy at the club, but more importantly in the city.

Wanda Nara said of her husband in a recent interview: “You will see he will still improve because no one, not even him, knows his limits.” It was for this reason that she spoke freely of why, that in spiralling market her husband is worth €200m. His 16 goals in 15 games are testament to this again this season, but the fact that he has been consistent since 2013-14, racking up 87 goals in total, it is not hard to see why. He is still 24 years of age and has shown again under another Coach, this time Luciano Spalletti, that he can take on information and improve.

This form and some rather clever work from his agent earned him a contract extension to 2021 with a hefty €110m release clause. Even now it seems like this may be too little in the current climate, but his desire to stay in Milan is evident and, as he recently said, he will only leave if pushed. The way the contract was acquired however, was not altogether palatable for the Inter faithful and he and Wanda conducted a good cop, bad cop scenario, with Mauro claiming he wanted to stay whilst his wife touted him around Europe.

Icardi has not been without his critics, just ask most on the Curva Nord or anyone associated with Maxi Lopez. The way he and wife Wanda got together whilst at Sampdoria and the issues that followed, the playboy image, the Instagram account, the falling out with the Curva, the book and many more issues, confirm he hasn’t always made the right choices, yet the image is misconstrued.

Icardi is in fact a family man who loves the city of Milan and enjoys playing football despite having no interest in it whatsoever. Whilst perhaps not at the Garrincha level of interest (he knows who they are playing come game day), he admits he knows little about it, watches no games and watched movies whilst at Barcelona rather than the team despite living near the Nou Camp. He admitted his tastes are a bit uncouth perhaps and this draws attention, but insists his wife refers to him as a 40-year-old in a 20-year-old’s body. Speaking back in 2015 he insisted that his happiness depended on simply family and location, so perhaps this is good news for the Nerazzurri fans.

Icardi is to many the embodiment of this new age of football, but instead he has an essence of the old. His love for a city and simply playing the game is refreshing, so money is of course a huge element in his decision, but it isn’t everything. Whilst he doesn’t have the clean-cut image of Javier Zanetti or Paolo Maldini (the latter also had issues with the Ultras), he does embody loyalty and is a phenomenal talent. The potential for longevity could make him a long serving legend at the club and another Captain fantastic.

Whilst there are no guarantees that the Argentine striker will buck the trend if Real Madrid come calling with a buy-out clause offer, there is a chance. His lack of love for football other than in the beautiful simplicity of playing the game and his love instead for family and stability, may just be as big an asset for Inter as his goals are. Imagine how may goals he could manage in another six to eight years with the Nerazzurri? It could be incredible.

Whilst Icardi in the past has certainly been a focal point for conversation due to off the field activities, he is now maturing to a level where other than his football, he is much ado about nothing.

Have your say...
@Beppe Rossi, you seem like the most reasonable juve fan in this site. How I wish we spent every bit of money from Kovacic's sale to outbid Juve for Dybala. Imagine Icardi-Dybala upfront. Argentina would be wise to start thinking life after Messi and focus on Icardi-Dybala partnership after the WC 2018.

Anyway good game last night from Juve. I think Allegri's tactic was working well, and we're lucky to get point. Nevertheless still a good result for Inter to steal point away from the champions.
on the 10th December, 2017 at 7:23am
Oh and not that I like the guy, but it was Maxi who was sleeping around on his wife while she was home raising his children. People are commenting like Icardi was some latin lover home wrecker.
on the 9th December, 2017 at 8:04pm
As a Juve fan who wanted them to Sign Icardi from Sampdoria, I have never had an issue with the kid. He's a great goal scorer, and it's unfortunate that he's stuck playing for Inter.
on the 9th December, 2017 at 8:01pm
The fans of his own club didn't want him and made that public on banners and such. Even wanted the captaincy to be reassigned to someone else.

But now he is scoring for them constantly so they keep their mouths shut.

As soon as his form dips, the pitchforks will come out again.

So how can you even blame rival fans for hating on this little punk when his own fans did?
on the 9th December, 2017 at 7:28pm
It's amazing how butt hurt Juve fans are, a truly pathetic bunch
on the 9th December, 2017 at 6:13pm
Ahh the constant talk of sporting fraud is here again for no reason. You do know that another team in serie a was also relegated. Juventini86 is correct actually and all you ppl need to do is go read the facts for yourselves. Its all in the past either way guys. Try talking about how each of our teams can improve and do better. I dont care who wins in europe or the league lets just stop this chidish nonsense pls its old and getting boring
on the 8th December, 2017 at 10:17pm
@juvenitini86

it is you who is ignorant of thes event and need to read it again. Milan were never involve or implicated in fixing the match with referee there were accused of fixing games with linemen. Considering the only proof came from moggi someone even in the latest judgement is still implicated shows you the strength of evidence. As for inter they were implicated in a phone hacking scandal only real incidence of match fixing coming from moggi again.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 7:29pm
To all Juvntino, your opinions are irrelevant lol. Btw your club wanted him along with Napoli but get rejected lololololol
on the 8th December, 2017 at 7:26pm
He is not stealing anybody wife, Icardi clean up Maxi mess.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 6:28pm
Seems like people are still to this day ignorant of farciopoli.

I'll simplify it for those out of the loop once and for all. Read the actual charges for yourself and all the records for that matter. The guilty parties were Inter and Milan, proven conveniently after the statute of limitations had passed.

And then, reflect for the rest of your lives why Italian football is still suffering from that farce.

Inter are a disgrace. Icardi is a disgrace. For Serie A's sake, both should leave.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 5:40pm
Anonymous

there is no proof that maxi was a poor husband or a poor father. In any case it is no accuse to cheat with your best mate wife especially considering he took him into his home.

What is without question is the way icardi shoved in his face for all the world to see. Nor threatening the life of the inter milan fans with Argentinian gangsters.

In any case what matters is what he does on the pitch but as a person he is a disgrace.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 5:35pm
@juventini86 The irony of you talking about dignity when your club cheated for years, and current president under investigation for shady business. Of course you would talk bad since your opinion is clearly biased. But don't act hollier than thou because that is laughable.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 5:11pm
Funny thing is balotelli looks like a Saint compared to this guy and the italian media tore him the shreds. Their own nationality who had qualities even greater than Icardi and the media broke down balotelli and put him where he is today. Why didn't the same happen to Icardi who has done worse things and isn't even italian? Way balotelli did it to himself? The media portrayed him to be a killer and refs come across him and always call fouls against him and give him unnecessary reds.Italian media
on the 8th December, 2017 at 5:11pm
For what this guy stands for I can never like him. Who in the world takes his friends wife. Wanda is even more disgusting, also who goes to his OWN ULTRAS and says I'll get my gangsters from Argentina to come and kill you. He's not a man, he's a little punk. I'll admit he's having a great year but in previous he was over rated, poor touch attitude dribbling etc. I just don't like this person and definitely don't like Wanda. When she has an interview I cringe.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 5:06pm
He may be a bad person and what he does in his personal life s up to him whether we agree or disagree with it. On the field this guy is becoming the worlds most clinical. For as much as I distain Inter this guy is a huge asset, currently the best goalscorer in Serie A.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 4:55pm
LOL who cares what you recognize? You support a club convicted of sporting fraud and doping use in the last 20 years. Keep dreaming about winning Champions League. Last time you won it italian currency was lira!
on the 8th December, 2017 at 4:39pm
@Anonymous
I shouldn't bother responding to this but the article exists specifically for this position, so let's correct a few things.

1) What he did is still disgusting, assuming his cause was "just" (pfft).
2) Mr family man also insulted his fans in his biography.
3) Afterwards, he threatened them with Argentinian thugs.

He may have talent, but I refuse to recognise him as a professional. Such characters belong in Inter, a club that had no dignity before and there's no doubt about it now.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 3:56pm
Haters still hating on Icardi for things he did when he was 20 lol
on the 8th December, 2017 at 3:36pm
For all those that say he took another man's wife, clearly Wanda wanted it just as much, maybe more. No one knows the true extent of the relationship before Icardi showed up. Maxi might not be a great father or husband for all we know. If he was abusive, does that suddenly change your opinion of the situation?

Focus on his football instead which is pretty damn good as of now.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 2:15pm
it is a case of separating the player from the person

Still people try defend his actions i means seriously it is low come imagine how you would feel if you were maxi you offer your friend a place to sleep a place in his family and he takes your family betrays your trust and than brags about it on social media taking pictures showing off that he taken maxi family away from him. Screw not shacking his hand i would have punch him square in his face in front of the entire sansiro
on the 8th December, 2017 at 11:55am
How wonderful. Not content with pretending like soap drama antics are normal everyday occurrences, he's also to be forgiven for disrespecting and threatening his own fans.

What else should I expect from such an awful duo? Inter deserve Icardi as their captain. Juve may be his favourite victims but even then, Juve have always finished far above his reach.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 10:45am
forza inter
on the 8th December, 2017 at 10:05am
Good as this guy is ..if inter rejects a bid in the range of 80m and above thats pure foolishness....Juve have proved that No one and no one is indispensable..that aside mauro has really impressed his season...FORZA INTEEERRRRRRR.....
on the 8th December, 2017 at 9:50am
The sewer rat king.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 9:43am
Agreed.
This is a well written article and to the point.
It's surprising for someone his age to take on another man's kids and do it happily.
Hopefully he'll still be at Inter in ten years.
on the 8th December, 2017 at 9:27am

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