Mauro Icardi, Messi's Eternal Reserve who is Ready to Pose a Threat at PSG

Mauro Icardi is now a substitute at PSG but has the potential to steal the opportunity to play against Metz

Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | Striker Mauro Icardi is back in the limelight after becoming a hero of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) against Olympique Lyon in the French League, last weekend. In that match, Icardi played as an alternative. The Argentine striker took to the field in the 82nd minute to replace his compatriot, Angel Di Maria. Coach Mauricio Pochettino's strategy was a success, reviewed because Icardi scored the winning goal for Les Parisiens in the 90+3 minute. The victory confirmed PSG's status at the top of the French League standings. Icardi's profession on the gridiron is increasingly visible when he is wearing Inter Milan after being taken from Sampdoria in 2013. The 28-year-old striker is listed twice as a capocannoniere or Italian League top scorer: in the 2014/2015 season with 22 goals from 36 matches and 2016/2017 with 24 goals from 34 games.

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Icardi was also confirmed as the best player in the 2018 Serie A season. Although successful as a person, Icardi struggled to win trophies with the Nerazzurri. The presence of Antonio Conte at Inter made Icardi's status as the captain of the excluded team. Icardi was then loaned by PSG in 2019 before staying the following season. The move brought luck to Icardi. The Rosario-born player won the trophy for the first time in his profession with PSG when they won the French League 2019/2020. Not just one trophy, Icardi helped Les Parisiens win the local treble winners: Ligue 1, French League Cup, and French Cup.

At PSG, Icardi succeeded in displacing Edinson Cavani's previous status as the French capital club's leading striker. Cavani's exit to Manchester United last season paved the way for Icardi to become PSG's new seed. Even so, Icardi is less shiny than Neymar and Messi. He was only able to record 13 goals for PSG last season. Things got even more difficult for Icardi because Messi arrived at the start of the season.

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Messi and Icardi have a lot in common. In addition, both come from Argentina, both players were born in Rosario. Both Icardi and Messi as Barcelona high school graduates. The arrival of Messi made Icardi an eternal reserve for La Pulga, both at PSG and the Argentine national team. So far, Icardi has only appeared 8 times with Team Tango. Because of the role of captain of the Argentine national team, Icardi, whom Pochettino relied on at the start of the season, is now increasingly occupying the bench. Before Messi arrived at the Parc des Princes, Icardi started 3 times in Ligue 1. That statistic was back in reserve after Messi took part at PSG against Reims.

Despite being a substitute, Icardi is a real hero for PSG in Ligue 1. Because PSG's Icardi goals can win over Lyon and Troyes in the first week of the French League. Icardi had the opportunity to add his goals this season when PSG challenged Mtez, Thursday (23/9) morning WIB. The opportunity was opened after Messi was reported to be unfit due to injury. This season Icardi has scored three goals in 5 Ligue 1 matches.

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