Italy legend Paolo Rossi believes Nikola Kalinic’s selflessness makes him a better striker than Milan’s Carlos Bacca.
Kalinic and Bacca enjoyed prolific debut campaigns with Fiorentina and Milan respectively last season, but Rossi – a former striker himself, of course – admits he is a bigger fan of attackers who do their bit for the team as opposed to simply “playing for goals”.
“Kalinic? I love him because he’s a modern forward that plays effectively and approaches the goal,” the 1982 World Cup hero told Radio Bruno Toscana.
“Between him and Bacca, I always choose the former: we’re talking about the one who participates in build-up play and another who only plays for goals.
“Personally I prefer those who play for the team, so that’s why I prefer the Croatian.
“Babacar is a young striker to keep an eye on, without doubt, but he must become more refined and understand which moves are his best.
“My Rossi namesake? At Parma he impressed me a lot, but injuries have undermined his development. He could’ve been a great champion”.