Ex-Roma attacker Roberto Pruzzo compares Romelu Lukaku to Batistuta

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma attacker Roberto Pruzzo shared his thoughts on the Giallorossi’s Man of the Hour – Romelu Lukaku.

In light of the Belgian’s hot start to his time at the capital club, Pruzzo compared him to legendary striker Gabriel Batistuta whose move to Roma helped them seal the 2001 Scudetto.

“They’re two great champions,” Pruzzo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Batistuta was perhaps better at finding open spaces, but Lukaku is equally as good:  he’s always scored goals, compared to the Argentine perhaps physically he’s a little more powerful and explosive.”

“Similarities? I would say the great desire to score goals and also to be an example for his teammates. Players like Lukaku and Batistuta give confidence to everyone else on the pitch, with them you are almost certain that the goal will arrive at any moment. Which, obviously, gives peace of mind to those on the pitch.”

“I didn’t expect Lukaku to have such immediate impact. I thought he’d need time to show his best qualities. I had heard that it had been a long time since he trained at certain levels and someone with that physical structure takes a while to get into shape. But no, he surprised us all. He probably had a desire inside that no one expected him to have.”

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