Andriy Shevchenko says AC Milan attacker Stephan El Shaarawy reminds him of himself.
The Milan legend warned, however, of the dangers of hyping up a player and made it clear that the Italian has to find an approach to football that suits him most.
“I don’t know who El Shaarawy can be compared to. I also believe that comparisons are harmful, because every champion is different,” Shevchenko told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“But Stephan has something that reminds me of myself, for example when he accelerates.”
Another former AC Milan favourite, Dejan Savicevic, shared the Ukrainian’s sentiments and tipped El Shaarawy for stardom.
“El Shaarawy has all the qualities needed to become a great player. He’s fast, he has a good shot and he attacks with ease. However, his job is to score goals, and if you don’t do that in Italy then people will criticize you,” Savicevic said.
And another Milan legend, Jose Altafini, compared the youngster to Brazilian star Neymar and even Ballon d’Or holder Lionel Messi.
“El Shaarawy reminds me of Neymar and Messi,” he said. “They have a low center of gravity. They play with the ball glued to their feet.
“He has already proven that he’s a good player. The important thing is not to bulk him up too much.”