How Inter’s Loaned Out Players Will Get on When They Return to San Siro – Ranked

?2019/20 has been a season of transition for Inter. High-profile comings and goings, a new boss and in fairness, amid all the upheaval the club are enjoying their best league campaign for some time.

The Nerazzurri looked set to launch a serious title charge until they decided to bottle it prior to the postponement of the league following the coronavirus outbreak.

Nonetheless, going forward the future looks bright for ?Inter. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the high-profile stars currently out on loan and ranked whether we believe they have a genuine future at the club.

6. Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi

It seems a bit odd to be debating whether ?Icardi will ever make it at Inter, because the fact of the matter is – he already has.

Inter’s eighth all-time top goalscorer and top scorer in each of their last five seasons, you can probably guess that Icardi’s performances on the field aren’t the issue here.

The Argentina international has been at the centre of a whole host of off-field issues (if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, go google ‘Mauro Icardi and Maxi López), and was stripped of the Inter captaincy last season before refusing to travel for the club’s ?Champions League clash with Rapid Vienna.

Last summer the Inter Ultras released a statement confirming Icardi “cannot be part” of the club due to his poor attitude and that was that. Icardi was shipped off to PSG where he’s actually performing quite well. But it’s fair to say, whether he moves to Paris permanently or not, we’ll not see him in an Inter shirt again.

Likelihood of making it at Inter/ever playing for the club again: 0/10

5. Samuele Longo

Samuele Longo

Once dubbed the future leader of the Inter frontline, things haven’t quite panned out for Longo as he’d hoped.

Despite a stellar youth career, the former Italy Under-21 forward has found himself shipped out on loan EVERY SEASON since signing his first professional deal with Inter in 2011.

The 28-year-old journeyman has already amassed a total of 12 clubs in his nine-year career. He’s bagged 33 goals in 171 appearances in that time, although has never been re-signed by a club or spent more than a year at a club. He’s made just one senior appearance for Inter, something tells me he’s probably not going to be starting alongside Romelu Lukaku next year.

Likelihood of making it at Inter: 1/10

4. Valentino Lazaro

Valentino Lazaro

The wide man is currently out on loan at ?Newcastle having failed to impress new boss Antonio Conte in a right wing-back position.

Having made his name following a stellar season at Hertha Berlin, the Austria international secured a £20m move to Inter but made just six appearances before being shipped out on loan. First team appearances having been fleeting at St. James’ Park, with Lazaro making just four appearances despite the Tynesiders having a number of injury problems.

Since Lazaro’s departure, Conte has strengthened by bringing in former Premier League boys Victor Moses and Ashley Young, meaning competition for places is hotter than ever in the wing-back role.

Lazaro’s time at the San Siro looks to be about to come to an end.

Likelihood of making it at Inter: 2/10

3. João Mário

Joao Mario

It’s been a turbulent time for Mário since joining Inter for around £35m in 2016. He started off as a regular under Frank de Boer and latterly Stefano Pioli but was soon shipped out on loan to West Ham following the arrival of Luciano Spallletti.

The Portugal international again found himself heading for the San Siro exit door upon the arrival of Conte, but a move to Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow hasn’t panned out as hoped and the 27-year-old has yet to make an appearance.

The January signing of former ?Tottenham star Christian Eriksen appears to be the final nail in the coffin for Mário and a San Siro revival looks unlikely.

Likelihood of making it at Inter: 2/10

2. Ivan Periši?


Another regular at Inter under previous regimes who fell foul of the Conte swinging axe.

Since signing for the club in 2015 from ?Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, Periši? has established himself as a regular in the starting XI, missing just 11 league games in four seasons at the club. A healthy return of 37 league goals in that time has seen him develop a good rapport with the fans.

However, upon the appointment of Conte in May 2019, Periši? soon found himself out the door. 

Such is the embarrassment of riches at the Bundesliga champions’ disposal, Periši? has struggled to cement his place in the first team and a San Siro return is looking likely- a San Siro stay, not so much.

Likelihood of making it at Inter: 3/10

1. Radja Nainggolan

Radja Nainggolan

Finally, a player who may have a future under the cutthroat Conte regime.

The reason for Nainggolan’s loan move to Cagliari last summer isn’t entirely clear, having been an ever-present for Inter last season following his big-money move from Roma.

Nevertheless, the Belgium international is performing well at Cagliari and his versatility is something Conte will not doubt consider to be an asset when he returns in the summer. With two years remaining on his current deal, Inter will be in no hurry to move him on.

Likelihood of making it at Inter: 7/10 



Lautaro Martínez’s Agent Provides Updates on Forward’s Future Amid Real Madrid & Barcelona Links

?The agent of Inter striker Lautaro Martínez has insisted that the Argentine remains focused on I Nerazzurri, despite intense speculation linking him to both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old has been in excellent form for Antonio Conte’s side this season, racking up 16 goals and four assists in all competitions, and both La Liga giants are thought to have identified him as an ideal signing this summer.

FC Internazionale v Atalanta BC - Serie A

The rumours have been flooding in for months, but speaking to Radio La Plata (via the ?Daily Mail), his agent Beto Yaque insisted that Martínez is not paying any attention to the stories and only wants to play football.

“It’s been said that ?Barcelona and ?Real Madrid both want him, but for him it’s like nothing is happening,” Yaque revealed. “Others wouldn’t sleep at night. He never calls me to ask if the rumours are true, he’s focused on where he is and his work.

“We’ve talked to lots of people, but nothing more than that. For now, those who are calling me aren’t directly registered by various clubs.

“There’s nothing formal or serious. Being wanted on the market is something you dream of, but he’s not expecting anything: all he wants to do is play and score goals.

“His constant growth means the best teams in the world are looking at Lautaro with interest. We hope his efforts will be rewarded like they deserve to.”

Despite interest from elsewhere, including unconvincing links to both ?Chelsea and ?Manchester City, Barcelona are said to be ?confident of being able to sign Martínez. They believe that he wants to head to Camp Nou and they have the financial muscle to get the deal done.

Junior Firpo

The fee involved is expected to be well over €100m, but ?Sport claim that Barcelona could lower that by agreeing to send left-back Junior Firpo in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

?Inter are thought to be prepared to accept such a deal, having already expressed an interest in the €20m-rated Spaniard, so this one seems to make a whole lot of sense.

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90min’s Greatest Footballers of All Time Draft – As it Happened

?You’re bored. We’re bored. Everyone’s bored. 

We’ve all been indoors for what seems like an eternity. We’ve all watched every Simpsons episode from season 2-10 about a thousand times. We’ve walked the dog a billion times. One day we even did a spot of cleaning. 

And now, we’ve run out of things to do. The boredom has come, and bah gawd is it boring. 

So in the search for new ways to stave off the boredom, we at 90min stumbled on an idea: 

What if we did a greatest footballers of all time draft? 

‘What in the Jesus is that?’ 

I’m glad you asked. 

Seven members of 90min team banded together last week to pick our personal GOAT XIs from carefully collated lists of the top 25 players of all time in each position. 

We picked these teams using an American sports style snake draft format – one pick per person in each of the 11 rounds, with the order of the picks determined via a random draft order generator. Here’s the order that threw up: 

1. ?Chris Deeley

2. ?Scott Saunders

3. ?Jack Gallagher

4. ?Toby Cudworth

5.? Hunter Godson

6. ?Ben Haines 

7. ?Jude Summerfield

And here is how the draft went down: 

Round 1

Diego Maradona

Pick 1 

Chris Deeley selects Diego Maradona

90min‘s number one greatest player of all time, so he had to go first, didn’t he?

Tooted and booted rating: 10/10

Pick 2

Scott Saunders selects Lionel Messi

Scott’s already won the Twitter poll…

Never scored a World Cup knockout round goal rating: 10/10

Pick 3

Jack Gallagher selects Franz Beckenbauer

A left-field pick from Jack, but because Beckenbauer can play literally anywhere it’s probably a good one. 

1974 afro rating: 8/10

Pick 4

Toby Cudworth selects Ronaldo

‘Which one?’ 


‘Ohhhhh right answer – good pick.’ 

‘Real/fat’ rating: 7/10

Pick 5


Hunter Godson selects Cristiano Ronaldo

It’s looking like a two-horse race between Scott and Hunter on Twitter.

Has a six-pack but can’t grow a beard rating: 10/10 

Pick 6

Ben Haines selects Paolo Maldini

Benjamin selects the most beautiful man on the draft board. 

Can also play tennis rating: 6/10

Pick 7

Jude Summerfield selects Pele

The second best player of all time dropped wayyyyyy down to the last pick in the first round. A steal of a pick for Jude. 

‘Hey ma look at me, I’m Pele’ rating: 9/10

Round 2

Zinedine Zidane

Pick 8

Jude Summerfield selects Zinedine Zidane

And another one! 

‘Siri play ?Coldplay – The Scientist’ rating: 10/10

Pick 9

Ben Haines selects Cafu

Picking his full-backs first is a rogue tactic, but it might pay off. 

Rhymes with Kung-fu rating: 4/10

Pick 10

Hunter Godson selects George Best

Hunter = closet Manchester United fan. 

Norn Iron rating: 10/10

Pick 11

Dutch midfielder Johann Cruyff dribbles

Toby Cudworth selects Johan Cruyff


Invented modern football rating: 10/10

Pick 12

Jack Gallagher selects Michel Platini

Morality aside, you have to say this pick is class. 

?’The guy I’m really looking for is Mr. Bribe’ rating: 10/10

Pick 13


Scott Saunders selects Ronaldinho

And Twitter cheers as Scott picks another of its favourites. 

Currently in prison playing football to win piglets rating: 10/10

Pick 14

Chris Deeley selects Franco Baresi

It’s hard to find fault in this pick to be honest. 

AC Milan fans like him more than Maldini rating: 8/10

Round 3

Pick 15

Chris Deeley selects Lothar Matthaus

Chris Deeley picks a man with an ego almost as inflated as his own.  

Ego rating: 10/10

Pick 16

Andrea Pirlo

Scott Saunders selects Andrea Pirlo

Twitter: ‘Three cheers for Scott!’ 

Drinks red wine rating: 10/10

Pick 17

Jack Gallagher selects Gerd Muller

Platini and Muller in the same team makes Jack’s team a ?something something. 

?Eat my goal rating: 10/10

Pick 18

Toby Cudworth selects Ruud Gullit

Toby has selected Gullit and now we’re all scared because his team is becoming quite good. 

Hates Alan Shearer rating: 7/10

Pick 19

Hunter Godson selects Eusebio

Honestly, I didn’t think Eusebio would be picked at all – never mind 19th overall. 

The first ‘e’ is silent rating: 10/10

Pick 20

FC Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol reac

Ben Haines selects Carles Puyol

Sticking to his guns here, Benjamin is building from the back. 

It’s not Carlos rating: 8/10

Pick 21

Jude Summerfield selects Mane Garrincha

Jude has added some much needed flair to his team that contains Pele and Zinedine Zidane…

Bent legs rating: 8/10

Round 4


Pick 22

Jude Summerfield selects Rivelino

…More much needed flair being added to Jude’s team which contains Pele, Zinedine Zidane and Mane Garrincha. 

Moustache rating: 10/10

Pick 23

Ben Haines selects Fernando Hierro

Back four: complete. Ben’s mission: accomplished. 

Played for Bolton rating: 10/10

Pick 24

AC Milan's midfielder Kaka of Brazil cel

Hunter Godson selects Kaka

Good pick from Hunter to be fair.

Loves God rating: 8/10

Pick 25

Toby Cudworth selects Ruud Krol

Ohhhhh so that’s what Toby is doing: he’s picking a Dutch team. Clever…maybe…

Terrible manager rating: 5/10

Pick 26

Jack Gallagher selects Paul Brietner

Another German who can play anywhere for Jack. 

1974 afro rating: 10/10

Pick 27

Scott Saunders selects Steven Gerrard

Twitter: ‘We love you Scotty, we do!’

Phil Collins fandom rating: 9/10

Pick 28


Chris Deeley selects Romario

Deeley loves those early 90s legends. 

‘I scored 1000 goals…swear’ rating: 10/10

Round 5


Pick 29

Chris Deeley selects Roberto Carlos

A Twitter favourite – smart pick up from Deeley. 

‘He must have a foot like a traction engine’ rating: 10/10

Pick 30

Scott Saunders selects Javier Zanetti

A non-Twitter pick from Scott! And bah gawd it’s a good one. 

Olay anti-aging night cream rating: 8/10

Pick 31

Alessandro Nesta of AC Milan

Jack Gallagher selects Alessandro Nesta

Franz Beckenbauer – Alessandro Nesta centre back partnership: delightful. 

Once took the ball off Messi rating: 9/10

Pick 32

Toby Cudworth selects Johan Neeskens

More Dutchmen for Toby. He loves it. 

Not Johan Cruyff rating: 5/10

Pick 33

Hunter Godson selects Andres Iniesta

Kaka and Iniesta together. Nice. 

Made Chelsea fans cry rating: 9/10

Pick 34

Ben Haines selects Gordon Banks

Ben is really sticking to his game plan, selecting a goalkeeper very, very, very early in the draft.

THAT save rating: 10/10

Pick 35


Jude Summerfield selects Socrates

Jude picks a player he can get cigarettes off. Great shout. 

Weird Greek Philosopher rating: 7/10

Round 6


Pick 36

Jude Summerfield selects Luka Modric

And Jack punches the table in disgust as Jude selects the player he had pencilled in for his next pick.

Raging Jude picked him before I could rating: 9/10

Pick 37

Ben Haines selects Claude Makelele

Ok, no one is scoring against Ben’s team. 

Better than N’Golo Kante rating: 10/10

Pick 38

Patrick Vieira,Sol Campbell,Fredrik Ljungberg

Hunter Godson selects Patrick Vieira

It’s just a fantastic pick. It really is. 

Big guy rating: 9/10

Pick 39

Toby Cudworth selects Roy Keane

Every draftee grunts in disgust as Toby picks Roy Keane – the man who could beat up everyone else’s team single handedly. 

Would start a fight with a bouncer in a quiet pub in Donegal rating: 10/10

Pick 40

Jack Gallagher selects Xavi Hernandez

‘I’m taking Xavi…ah dammit, why did I pick him?’ 

?The Curb Your Enthusiasm th?eme plays. 

Team = BROKEN.

Curb Your Enthusiasm rating: 10/10

Pick 41

Paul Scholes

Scott Saunders selects Paul Scholes

Another fan favourite for Scott…so long as he doesn’t play him out left. 

Ginger rating: 10/10

Pick 42

Chris Deeley selects Lilian Thuram

Solid. Solid. Solid. 

Now looks like a theology professor rating: 7/10

Round 7

Juventus midfielder Czech Pavel Nedved r

Pick 43

Chris Deeley selects Pavel Nedved

‘He was born in Cheb’ says Deeley as he makes a pretty damn good selection. 

Born in the town of Cheb rating: 10/10

Pick 44

Scott Saunders selects Sergio Ramos

All that pandering to Twitter ruined with the pick up of the man who made Mohamed Salah cry. 

Shithouse rating: 10/10

Pick 45

Jack Gallagher selects Hristo Stoichkov

A random panic pick at best – obviously still reeling from the disastrous Xavi pick. 

‘How in sweet honourable Jesus do you say that first name?’ rating: 6/10

Pick 46

Toby Cudworth selects Manuel Neuer

‘Ohhhhh he has a mistake in him!’ 

Literally everyone’s response to Toby’s round 7 pick. 

Has a mistake in him rating: 7/10

Pick 47

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro celebra

Hunter Godson selects Fabio Cannavaro

Hunter selects the smallest man in the world to lead his backline.

Lives in China rating: 7/10

Pick 48

Ben Haines selects Clarence Seedorf

Everybody loves Seedorf.

Likelihood of cameo appearance in HBO show Ballers rating: 8/10

Pick 49

Europa Cup 1 final - "FC Barcelona v Sampdoria"

Jude Summerfield selects Ronald Koeman

‘I need a centre back that can score goals’, says Jude as he picks a centre back who can score goals. 

‘I need a centre back that can score goals’ rating: 9/10

Round 8


Pick 50

Jude Summerfield selects Gianluigi Buffon

The best goalkeeper of all time. Nice pick. 

Mid-life crisis rating: 8/10

Pick 51

Paul Gascoigne of Tottenham Hotspur and Paul Birch of Aston Villa

Ben Haines selects Paul Gascoigne

Noted Spurs fan Ben picks noted Spurs legend Gazza. Makes sense.

Football Italia host rating: 1/10

Pick 52

Hunter Godson selects Rio Ferdinand

Noted closet Manchester United fan Hunter picks noted Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand. Makes sense. 

Injured himself lifting the TV remote rating: 10/10

Pick 53

Toby Cudworth selects Gaetano Scirea

After picking a million players who lost World Cup finals, Toby needed a player who actually won one so he selected Juventus legend Scirea. 

Catenaccio rating: 9/10

Pick 54

Jack Gallagher selects Arjen Robben

He’s given up. He’s broken his team. There’s no way back. 

Perfect head shape for a bald man rating: 10/10

Pick 55

Gabriel Batistuta of Fiorentina celebrates

Scott Saunders selects Gabriel Bastituta

Swooping in before Deeley, Scott gets his man: Batigol. 

?Release the Kracken!!!! rating: 10/10

Pick 56

Chris Deeley selects Daniel Passarella

Another clever selection from Deeley. 

Brian appreciation rating: 9/10

Round 9


Pick 57

Chris Deeley selects Jairzinho

Less clever, but fun. 

Best Body on the Planet FIFA award: 10/10

Pick 58

Giorgio Chiellini

Scott Saunders selects Giorgio Chiellini

Ramos and Chiellini at the back = THE DREAM.

There Will Be Blood rating: 10/10

Pick 59

Jack Gallagher selects Dani Alves

Jack: ‘It’s between Dani Alves and Carlos Alberto…I’ll take Dani Alves.” 

Hunter: ‘Ah shite.’ 

Can open a beer bottle with an overhead kick rating: 10/10

Pick 60

Toby Cudworth selects Marcel Desailly

Like most of Toby’s team, Desailly can play pretty much anywhere so he fits the bill. 

Great smile rating: 10/10

Pick 61

Hunter Godson selects Carlos Alberto

Second prize. 

Scored a really good goal this one time rating: 9/10

Pick 62

Ben Haines selects Thierry Henry

The best Premier League player ever is selected late in the 9th. 

Renault Clio dealer rating: 8/10

Pick 63

(FILES) File picture of England's nation...

Jude Summerfield selects Bobby Moore

Jude shouts ‘Brexit!’ and selects England’s greatest ever defender. 

West Ham rating: 10/10

Round 10


Pick 64

Jude Summerfield selects Denis Irwin

He follows that up by singing Raglan Road and picking Ireland’s greatest ever full back. 

Looks like a History teacher rating: 9/10

Pick 65

Ben Haines selects Jimmy Greaves

Ben has finally picked a forward! Hooraaay! 

Pour Anglais rating: 8/10

Pick 66

Hunter Godson selects Marcelo

Second prize. 

Not as good as a Roberto Carlos rating: 10/10

Pick 67

Philipp Lahm,Thomas Mueller

Toby Cudworth selects Phillip Lahm

Not Dutch, but can play anywhere. Fits Toby’s bill. 

Pep Guardiola <3 rating: 9/10

Pick 68

Jack Gallagher selects Marco van Basten

Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in! A late steal in the draft. 

Sleepers (1996 – starring Brad Pitt and Kevin Bacon) pick rating: 10/10

Pick 69

Scott Saunders selects Patrice Evra

He couldn’t get Denis Irwin, so he’s got the next best thing. 

Eats raw chicken rating: 10/10

Pick 70

Lev Yashin,Jimmy Greaves

Chris Deeley selects Lev Yashin

The fourth goalkeeper selected, and the only one to win the Ballon d’Or. 

Flat cap rating: 10/10

Round 11


Pick 71

Chris Deeley selects Marco Tardelli

For the celebrations alone, this is a good pick. 

Celebration rating: 10/10

Pick 72

Scott Saunders selects Peter Schmeichel 

There’s goals throughout Scott’s team…

‘It’s i before e except after c’ rating: 10/10

Pick 73

Jack Gallagher selects Dino Zoff

Couldn’t get Buffon, but Zoff will more than do a job.

?Jurassic Park rating: 8/10

Pick 74


Toby Cudworth selects Roberto Baggio

Toby selects Jack’s spirit animal…the spirit animal he completely forgot about. 

Ponytail rating: 10/10

Pick 75

Hunter Godson selects Edwin van der Sar

Solid but ?can’t dance. The 90min team in a nutshell. 

Played for Fulham rating: 8/10

Pick 76


Ben Haines selects Luis Figo

Another steal late in the draft. Benjamin finishes his team off on a high. 

Shouldn’t have won the Ballon d’Or in 2000 rating: 8/10

Pick 77

Jude Summerfield selects Djalma Santos

And with the final pick of the draft Jude picks…Djalma Santos. Who was a Brazilian footballer…this one time… 

‘Who the f**k is that guy?’ rating: 7/10

Be sure to keep an eye on and our social media pages in the coming days (Twitter & Instagram) for the finalised teams, and a chance to vote for whose team you think is the best!


Selecting a Serie A Best XI – But by Only Using One Player Per Club

It’s fair to say we are living through some pretty testing times, and we all need cheering up.

That’s where we come into play. 90min has shouldered the happiness and entertainment levels of an entire population during these football-less weeks, and we’ve been coming up with some brand new ideas to put smiles on all your faces.

Ok, so first we made a Serie A team of the season so far, which was pretty cool. And then we put together a rad Serie A all time XI – using only one player per club.

But what about racking our brains for a current best Serie A XI, but with the same caveat of using only one player per club yet again? 

Aha, we have a winner.

Have a gander at the *ahem* not controversial in any way team that 90min has assembled for your eyes. 

GK – Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)

Salvatore Sirigu

Why is Salvatore Sirigu still at Torino? The Italian shot-stopper is one of the best goalkeepers in the league, and il Toro can always rely on him for a solid 7/10 performance. The 33-year-old is a commanding presence between the sticks, and he’s saved his side on countless occasions over the years.

A no-brainer, this one. Salvatore translates as ‘saviour’ in English – it was meant to be. 

RB – Hans Hateboer (Atalanta)

Hans Hateboer

Although it breaks my heart (and Josip Ilicic’s, too) the Slovenian can’t be squeezed into this XI, due to the lack of decent right backs in Serie A. ?FIFA 20 players know the struggle. The only man really deserving of this spot is Hans Hateboer of Atalanta. 

The Dutch wing back is an instrumental cog in this well-drilled Dea side, and he can be relied upon to chip in with crucial goals and assists, as well as telling defensive contributions. One to watch.

CB – Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)

Kalidou Koulibaly

The 2019/20 season may not have been Kalidou Koulibaly’s best, but in fairness, no one at ?Napoli has really come out of this campaign in the best light. But on his day, the Senegalese star is one of the very best in the world, and that can’t go unnoticed.

It’s a shame that injury has hampered Koulibaly’s current season with Napoli, and the harsh reality is that this may well be his final year in Serie A, with the Premier League big boys closing in.

CB – Marash Kumbulla (Hellas Verona)

Marash Kumbulla

What a revelation this youngster has proved to be! It may only be Hellas Verona’s first season back in the top flight, but they’ve taken to it like a duck to water, and centre back Marash Kumbulla has been at the heart of their rise.

The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the brightest defensive prospects in Europe during his debut campaign, and elite sides are lining up to get a good view of his sturdy performances. A real talent.

LB – Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)

Theo Hernandez

This guy is one of the most exciting left backs in the world. Okay, so his defensive work can be a little suspect at times, but going forward, there isn’t a better full back in the league. Theo Hernandez has excelled during his first season in ?Milan and has become a real cult hero among the fans.

I Rossoneri need to buck their ideas up next season, or the French star may not be at San Siro for much longer.

RM – Dejan Kulusevski (Parma)


The breakout star of the season. From nowhere, Dejan Kulusevski exploded onto the scene of the 2019/20 campaign, and delivered performances of world-class calibre. The Swedish star has a magical left foot, and his ability to cut in and fire a shot into the top corner is Arjen Robben-esque.

The youngster has so much more to offer in his game however, with mesmerising footwork and an adaptability which allows him to play anywhere across the front line. And yes, before you ask, he’s already been hoovered up by Juventus.

CM – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)

Sergej Milinkovic Savic

After emerging as one of Serie A’s future stars a few years ago, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic then suffered a dramatic dip in his form, which calmed much of the talk surrounding his potential. But the Serbian has reached new heights with Lazio this season, firing them into a surprise title challenge.

The 25-year-old is a strong, powerful midfielder, who possesses an incredibly deft touch and a keen eye for a pass. He can operate just behind the striker, pulling balls out of the air with ease, or in a deeper role, enabling the likes of Luis Alberto to flourish. A majestic destroyer.

CM – Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari)

Rolando Mandragora

When Radja Nainggolan made the move to Cagliari in the summer, I’m sure a little part of him had this very specific XI (with one player per club) in mind. ‘Ninja’ is the easiest selection of the lot, as he stands head and shoulders above the rest of his Rossoblù teammates.

A combative, full-blooded and artistic player, Nainggolan partners Milinkovic-Savic in our midfield. Expect a few long-range screamers from this duo.

LM – Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma)

Nicolo' Zaniolo

A wonderkid. One of the most talented youngsters in world football, Nicolò Zaniolo simply had to be part of this team. It’s rare to find such a pacy and nimble forward player, who also stands six feet three inches tall, but Roma have unearthed that very gem.

Zaniolo’s season-ending injury against Juve came as a cruel blow to a star who was showing all the progress required to become a world-beater, but there are no doubts he can recapture that form when he eventually returns as Roma’s saviour.

ST – Lautaro Martinez (Inter)

Lautaro Martinez

No Ciro Immobile!? Are you crazy?! No, readers, I am not. Sure, the league’s top scorer would stroll into any normal best XI, but this is far from normal. And unfortunately, some giants must miss out.

In the Lazio star’s place, we have ?Inter sensation Lautaro Martinez. Although Romelu Lukaku has bagged more goals this season, Martinez has been the real star of the show, enabling his Belgian partner to find his best form with some brilliant and selfless performances. A genuine superstar.

ST – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Cristiano Ronaldo

This guy could be 100 years old, and you’d probably leave him on the pitch until the end just in case there’s a corner to be headed towards goal or a last minute spot-kick to smashed in. ?Cristiano Ronaldo is timeless, it appears, and he has carried ?Juventus to top spot in a season where they don’t really deserve to be at the Serie A summit.

A striker who can do it all, Mr Reliable Ronaldo completes our Serie A XI.


Diego Godin Criticises Italian Football Authorities Over Coronavirus Handling

?Inter’s Diego Godin has heavily criticised Italian football authorities for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Although Serie A was one of the first European leagues to postpone matches, the decision to keep playing behind closed doors as the virus began to spread across the country was condemned by many sections of the Italian media. 

The 34-year-old defender, who is currently isolating in his native Uruguay, has echoed those sentiments.


Speaking to ESPN – as reported by ?Football Italia – the ?Inter defender said: “We were exposed until the last moment. They opted to keep going to see if we could continue playing, until the situation became untenable and the health system collapsed.

“We continued to play for several weeks, we continued training and played behind closed doors until Rugani’s positive test: only at that point did the campaign stop.”

Among the games to be played behind closed doors was Inter’s 2-1 defeat to ?Juventus, which Godin claims would have helped the spread of coronavirus. In the weeks shortly following that game, a handful of Juventus’ first team squad tested positive for the virus.

Godin added: “Surely there were other players in that game who would have already been infected so, in order to avoid taking any risks, they put all of us straight into quarantine.”


Italy announced on Saturday that the country’s death toll had risen by 899 in the previous 24 hours – bringing the total number of deaths to 10,023 – while the total number of cases in Italy hit 92,472. The country has the world’s second highest number of cases, behind the United States.

Despite the effect of the pandemic on Italy, the head of Italy’s Football Federation, Gabriele Gravina, has said he hopes Serie A will resume on 2 May, with the season finishing in July. However, with no real sign of the virus slowing down yet, these dates seem entirely optimistic.