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29 July 2017

Fabrizio Ravanelli says he’d score 60 goals a season if he was still playing and be worth £80m as defenders are worse

FABRIZIO RAVANELLI claims he would bag 60 goals a season if he was still playing – because there are no more world-class defenders.

The former Italy and Middlesbrough poacher, 48, also says he would now be worth “perhaps £80million at a conservative estimate”.

Ex-Middlesbrough star Fabrizio Ravanelli has bared all about what he says is the lack of top-level defenders in the modern game
Ex-Middlesbrough star Fabrizio Ravanelli has bared all about what he says is the lack of top-level defenders in the modern game
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Fabrizio Ravanelli says he is desperate to translate his football passion into management
Fabrizio Ravanelli is keen to translate his football passion into management
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Ravanelli, whose 19 year career yielded 190 club goals, told the Daily Mail: “Once upon a time, it was difficult to score a goal. Now it’s easy.

“The great defenders are finished. There are no more Nestas, Maldinis or Stams. In every game you have five or six chances. It used to be one or two, maximum three.

‘This is sure. Not just me but Gianfranco Zola, Eric Cantona, Teddy Sheringham. We’d all score more these days.

“I don’t want to be pretentious, but I scored 34 goals for Juventus in the 1995-96 season and then 31 the next season with Middlesbrough. Nowadays, I’d score 60 goals a season, 50 for sure.”

Ravanelli rates Manchester United‘s Swedish legend  Zlatan Ibrahimovic as his favourite goal-getter of recent years, saying:  “I love him. Nothing scares him.

Fabrizio Ravanelli believes he would be twice as prolific as the top scorers in the Prem if he was still playing
Fabrizio Ravanelli believes he would be twice as prolific as the top scorers in the Premier League if he was still playing
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Fabrizio Ravanelli hit eight goals in 22 games for Italy and scored 190 times in club football
Powerful frontman Fabrizio Ravanelli hit eight goals in 22 games for Italy
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“He is strong, he struts, technically brilliant, powerful personality, everything. You can tell he loves it. When you’re on the pitch, you have to believe you are the best.”
And the ex-Lazio and Derby striker insists he would be a top manager in England.

Ravanelli said: ‘The level is not important. Football runs through my blood. I would do a very good job. League Two, even, I am open.

“I had the chance to go to Leyton Orient for the last seven games last season.

“I thought hard about helping a historic English club in great need, but I could see the owner was crazy and it was a difficult situation.

“If the programme is good, I would run there now. My present and future will be England.”

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the predators who Fabrizio Ravanelli most admires
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the predator who Fabrizio Ravanelli most admires from the current crop
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Fabrizio Ravanelli watches a Derby game during his last spell in England, notching 14 goals for the Rams
Fabrizio Ravanelli watches a Derby game during his last spell in England, where he notched 14 goals for the Rams
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Fabrizio Ravanelli began his career with Perugia, totalling 41 goals from 1986-89
Fabrizio Ravanelli began his career with Perugia, totalling 41 goals from 1986-89
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