Argentine legend fancies Mauro Icardi to become country’s leading frontman

Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta believes Mauro Icardi should take the scoring mantle for the South America nation in the forthcoming years with Gonzalo Higuain having entered the latter stages of his professional career. Icardi was left disappointed during the summer after failing to make the World Cup squad and Argentina thereafter suffered a disappointing at the round of 16 stage.

Since then, interim manager Lionel Scaloni has gone with a young squad, which has included the likes of Icardi and Lautaro Martinez, and Batistuta has highlighted that the former has the credentials to make the difference for the country, he said: “I struggle in choosing one. My favourite striker has always been Higuain but he has played in three World Cups for Argentina, he has had his chances. Now I think it is Icardi’s turn, he has a lot of room to improve. Icardi, Dybala, and Simeone are all serious boys, they have a lot of will to improve and I think they are the future of the national team. Pipita has already given what he has to give.”

Argentine Legend Urges Jorge Sampaoli To Pick Team On Merit And Not Reputation

Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta has urged coach Jorge Sampaoli to find the right mix of players ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Argentina only progressed to the World Cup after Lionel Messi scored a match-winning hat-trick in the final qualifying game and they have since not enjoyed the best of times.