Stefan Effenberg claims Mario Mandzukic is “one of the three best strikers in the world and would be worth €200m if he was younger.”
The 32-year-old Juventus forward has been instrumental in getting Croatia to their first ever World Cup Final, where they face France tomorrow in Moscow.
He has scored two goals and provided one assist, as well as putting in battling performances all over the field.
“I never understood why Bayern Munich sold him,” wrote ex-German international Effenberg on T-Online.
“Mandzukic is one of the three best strikers in the world, as far as I am concerned. He works so hard for the team and his goal in extra time against England was crucial.
“He would be worth €200m if he was younger and I’d prefer him 10 times better than Neymar.”
There was also praise for Mandzukic from former Bayern teammate Arjen Robben.
“I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a fighter, a player you always want in your team and not on the opposing side. He might not be the most skilful out there, but he always scores the important goals and is someone you can count on.”
With Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival in Turin, there have been reports Manchester United are interested in signing Mandzukic.