Tuesday October 20 2020
Graziani: 'I hope Belotti beats me'

Former Torino hero Francesco Graziani hopes to see Andrea Belotti ‘surpass’ his record of 97 Serie A goals with the Granata.

Ciccio Graziani played for Torino between 1973 and 1981 and helped the Granata pick up a famous Scudetto in 1975-76.

The 67-year-old World Cup winner from 1982 scored 122 goals across all competitions for Torino but doesn’t mind being surpassed by Belotti, who is currently on 83 Serie A goals and 96 across all competitions for the Turin side.

“I hope he will join me soon, as he has 14 goals to match my 97 goals with the Granata,” Graziani told Corriere di Torino.

“But I hope he surpasses me too. You can safely say that he’s the new Graziani, in the sense that he’s among the very best Italian strikers, like I was in the past.”

Belotti has scored four times in three League games so far this season but has been criticised for his performances with Italy in recent weeks.

Graziani believes he should be paired with Lazio striker Ciro Immobile at the national team, as the two usually fight for one place available place in the line-up.

“I would let him play with Immobile. I don’t understand why [CT Roberto] Mancini only lets one of them play.

“He must continue to fight without breaking down: we all rely on him."