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Retired Antonio Cassano insists Erling Haaland is less of a player than team-mate Julian Alvarez

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‘Erling Haaland is NOT special!’: Former Italy striker Antonio Cassano insists the deadly Norwegian striker is less of a player than Manchester City team-mate Julian Alvarez, comparing him to ‘a stronger version of Romelu Lukaku’

  • Antonio Cassano calls Erling Haaland ‘not special’ despite ten goals in six games
  • The ex-Italian striker compares the Norwegian striker to Romelu Lukaku. from Inter Milan
  • Cassano also thinks that Haaland has less quality than attacker Julian Alvarez

Former Real Madrid and Italy striker Antonio Cassano believes Erling Haaland is not the best striker at Manchester City, despite comparing him to former Serie A stars Christian Vieri and Adriano.

The 22-year-old has started his Premier League career brilliantly, with two hat-tricks and a further four goals in his first six appearances for the Citizens.

However, Cassano believes Argentina forward Julian Alvarez has more ‘quality’ than the Norwegian, even when compared to the former stars from Brazil and Italy.

Antonio Cassano (pictured) doesn’t think Erling Haaland is the best striker at City

Erling Haaland started his life in the Premier League by scoring ten goals in his first six games

Erling Haaland started his life in the Premier League by scoring ten goals in his first six games

Adriano was one of the most prolific strikers in Serie A at the height of his career. He scored 77 goals in 180 appearances for Inter, Fiorentina and Parma.

Vieri, on the other hand, is regarded as one of the best Italian strikers in the 1990s and 2000s as he scored 142 goals in 264 Serie A games during spells with Turin, Atalanta, Juventus, Lazio, Inter, Milan and Fiorentina.

Cassano, a former Italy international, told Bobo TV on Twitch, which is hosted by Vieri: “For me, Julian Alvarez is much stronger than Haaland.

Adriano played during his time at Inter Milan before injuries curtail his career

Christian Vieri played for seven clubs in Serie A during his career, scoring 142 goals in Italy's top division

Cassano has compared Erling Haaland to ex-Serie A stars Adriano (left) and Christian Vieri (right)

Cassano believes Haaland is a similar player to Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku (pictured)

Cassano believes Haaland is a similar player to Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku (pictured)

“Haaland is going to score 90 goals, he is very strong, he is a lot stronger” [Romelu] Lukaku but Alvarez is more of a player than Haaland, qualitatively he is stronger.

“Haaland is not special, I see Adriano from Inter in Haaland, he has a bit” [Christian] Vieri’s progression.’

Lukaku returned to Inter Milan in the summer after a poor second spell at Chelsea and has found the back of the net once in his three league appearances so far this season.

Alvarez arrived at City during River Plate’s summer transfer window after the clubs agreed to the 22-year-old’s move on the January deadline.

Cassano thinks Julian Alvarez (photo) has more 'quality' than Erling Haaland

Cassano thinks Julian Alvarez (photo) has more ‘quality’ than Erling Haaland

The Argentinian then stayed on a rental basis at River Plate until the summer.

The Manchester club had to turn down interest from Serie A clubs Juventus, AC Milan and Fiorentina, which have been linked with signing him.

The promising attacker got off to a quieter start in England than Haaland, but has still managed to impress, as he scored twice in his four Premier League outings and once in the Community Shield defeat to Liverpool.

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