Ball control and kick power are two of the factors that are important for the success of a true predator. Names like Gonzalo Higuain, Romelu Lukaku, Mauro Icardi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Karim Benzema are examples of attackers who deserve to be labeled the deadly ones.
However, instead of having what was supposed to be in an attacker, the figure of an Italian striker named Filippo Inzaghi instead succeeded in becoming the key to AC Milan’s success in dominating Europe a few years ago, even though only armed with “luck”.
Highlighting from the perspective of a common footballer, it’s hard to like the figure of Filippo Inzaghi. In terms of the ability to play the ball, be it dribble, kick, or ball header, nothing is too prominent. All of them are mediocre. He is not like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo who can impress people through the ball.
The managers of European clubs did not hesitate to throw their dislike to Inzaghi. Sir Alex Ferguson once said that Inzaghi was born offside. Arsene Wenger, Gerard Houllier, and Marcelo Lippi did not comment at Inzaghi even though he became the hero of Milan’s victory over Liverpool in Athens through his two goals.
He is a cruel figure, in fact, too cruel, if you already talk about the opponent’s goal. Various ways he will do to score goals, and he will not be tired of finding space that can be exploited in the opponent’s defense. This is what sometimes makes the opponent’s defender, or even the opponent’s manager, absurdly upset.
From the goal against Pepe Reina, when Inzaghi accidentally deflected Andrea Pirlo’s shot, then there is the goal that the ball goes through both the gap between the legs of Gianluigi Buffon, until a goal that will never be forgotten by Oliver Kahn, when Inzaghi became a goal scorer after utilizing assistant from himself.
It is indeed weird. However, that is precisely what made Inzaghi being remembered by many people. The killer’s instincts, which were present because of “endless analysis the night before the fight”, made Inzaghi always know how to sting at the right time. Although it is simple, that is the way Inzaghi made his name known to the world.
For some people, Inzaghi is not the type of attacker who becomes a role model. Again, his simplicity in scoring goals often irritates opponents. Coming from the direction of whatever the origin, Inzaghi suddenly was in front of the goal. Inzaghi even considered having a strange allure, full of mystery, which is often wrapped in a puzzle wrapped of luck.
Filippo Inzaghi, who was born in Piacenza on 9 August 1973, began his career in Piacenza Calcio in 1991. The main place did not directly belong to Inzaghi. Piacenza lent it to AlbinoLeffe and Hellas Verona. When called home in the 1994/95 season, Inzaghi was ready. He won Serie B that season for Piacenza.
Inzaghi moved up to Serie A, but not with Piacenza. He moved to Parma in the 1995/96 season, then moved to Atalanta in the following season. Together with Atalanta, Inzaghi’s name is getting increasingly considered.
Because he often appeared unexpectedly yet profitable, Inzaghi has not scored more than 270 goals in the 603 matches he has played in his football career, with the highest number of goals when defending AC Milan with 126 goals and Juventus with 89 goals. With this note, it’s no wonder Inzaghi is often associated as a reliable player of AC Milan or Juventus.
The 1997/98 season was the beginning of the story of Inzaghi with Juventus. Imported from Atalanta, he immediately became a mainstay on the front lines of Juventus. He scored 18 goals in that season, becoming Juventus top scorer as well as leading the Bianconeri to win the Serie A season.
However, after that, Inzaghi and Juventus’s relationship was getting deteriorated. Controversies that often occurred between him and Alessandro Del Piero and the arrival of David Trezeguet at the beginning of the 2001/02 season finally made Inzaghi decided to move to AC Milan. At San Siro, Inzaghi’s talent as a goal scorer was getting better.
Of course, he was not only a finisher but also an instigator who knew how to get the right position. Besides the 126 goals that were successfully contributed by this player whose nicknamed is the Super Pippo, various prestigious titles such as twice won the Serie A, Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup; one Coppa Italia and FIFA Club World Cup complete their achievements.
In the Italian National Team, Inzaghi won the 1994 U21 European Cup and 2006 World Cup.
Now, it is difficult to find an attacker like Filippo Inzaghi. The development of tactics that made football faster made Inzaghi’s performance was sinking. Thus, finally, he decided to retire from the world of football in 2012 ago.
However, like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, Inzaghi is an attacker who represents an era. At that time, when football was all about beauty and mature passes, Inzaghi emerged and became a legend, manifesting one of the strikers that was quite remembered in his era.
Filippo Inzaghi came in a sudden, create a score, then became a legend.