Born in Argentina, Icardi commenced his footballing journey when he moved to the Canary Islands at age 9. So it is clear to see that football has always been an integral part of Icardi’s life, since childhood. It didn’t take long for Icardi to come into the spotlight, showing his pure talent and skills, and securing a move to Barcelona, where he was a part of the youth team. He joined the U-17 Barcelona team in the 2008-2009 season, and from there has only improved, not just as a player, but as an individual.
Upon receiving his promotion to the U-19 Barcelona team, Icardi was noticed by Italian team Sampdoria who managed to get the player on loan in January of 2011. It was at this time that the light began to shine on Icardi and a star was born.
In Icardi’s first season at Sampdoria, the team were relegated to Italy’s second division Serie B, and in July of 2011, Sampdoria acted fast and managed to sign Icardi permanently to the club from Barcelona for €400,000. In the 2011-2012 season he managed to score 13 goals in 19 games, and it appeared that Sampdoria’s new signing has already started to pay dividends, and eventually the team emerged victorious in their play-off matches to re-enter the Serie A.
Icardi made his Serie A debut against Roma as a substitute in the start of the 2012 season, and got on the scoresheet against Genoa in November of the same year. His most notable appearance for Sampdoria would most likely be the 6th of January 2013, where he scored a double against Juventus leading the team to a 2-1 win over the home team.
Icardi was sold to Inter in 2 parts, with the first being in April of 2013 when he initially signed with Inter, but the club only had purchased 50% of the player for €6.5million. Then the controversy began. It was not until Icardi joined Inter that it was found that he was in fact having an affair with fellow team mate Maxi Lopez’s wife Wanda, which following the divorce, went on to marry in May of 2014. In Icardi’s first season at Inter, it was one plagued with controversy and injury, yet he managed to net 9 goals in 23 appearances (22 Serie A, 1 Copa Italia). It was at the end of the season Inter then payed the existing €6.5million to have full ownership of the Argentinian player.
Icardi then really came into the spotlight in the 2014-2015 season, capping off a great season with Inter scoring 22 Serie A goals in 36 appearances for the team giving him joint ownership of the title as the top goal scorer in the Serie A (Capocannoniere) tied with 2006 World Cup winner Luca Toni. This performance also earnt him a spot on the Serie A team of the year.
The 2015-2016 season started extremely well for Icardi, who was awarded the role as captain for the squad based on his previous year’s performance, and he did not disappoint. This season was one of consistency for Icardi scoring 16 times across 36 appearances. This came with much pleasure to the team and directors who then offered him a 5 year contract extension keeping him at the club until 2021. What unravelled next had everyone questioning if this was the right decision, or had they just made a big mistake.
In October of 2016 Icardi released his autobiography ‘Sempre Avanti’ which seemed to have ruffled a few feathers, causing much hate and disgust towards the Inter Milan captain. In a chapter of his autobiography, the captain had some extremely harsh and critical words in regards to the Inter Milan Ultras (Curva Nord) all in regards to an event that occurred following an Inter loss against Sassuolo in the 2014-2015 season. The captain went to offer his jersey to a fan at the end of the match, only to then have it thrown back at him as it was seen that he was the reason that the team lost the fixture. In his auto biography Icardi shared some bitter words towards the Inter Ultras causing mass outrage from the Inter fans. This then carried on to the pitch where there were there were banners showing the disgust to the Inter captain stating: “Icardi: you’re the b******, making s*** up to sell more copies. You heinous mercenary” and “You use a child to justify yourself and throw mud in our faces. You’re not a man … you’re not a captain … you’re just a cowardly piece of s***.” It wasn’t long until Icardi agreed with the Ultras that he would have the chapter removed from his book, and he vowed to continue performing for Inter. Icardi went on to score 24 goals out of 34 appearances for Inter in the season showing that regards of what is happening off the field, he will always try his best on the field.
The 2017-2018 season was one of many highs for Icardi. Throughout this season he would manage to achieve many feats, from winning the Capocannoniere title again, tied with Ciro Immobile scoring 29 goals in 34 games, Icardi seemed to have come to the point of maturity. One of the greatest highlights of the season came against rivals Milan on the 15th of October 2017 when Icardi scored all three goals against Milan to give Inter the 3-2 win. Further this Icardi scored from the penalty spot against Lazio in the final game of the season, this game was one of great magnitude for both teams; as ultimately the winner would then go on to qualify for Champions League and after the 90 minutes Inter scrapped through victorious with a 3-2 win over Inter.
Icardi started the 2018-2019 slow, with his first goal coming in spectacular fashion against Tottenham Hotspur, and another against PSV Eindhoven gifting Inter 2 wins from 2 Champions League matches. Up until the 12th of October 2018, Icardi has scored 112 goals for Inter in 190 appearances. Icardi is contracted to remain with Inter until June 2021 with a buy-out clause of €110million. What are your thoughts on the Inter striker? Comment below
- Written by Bruno Altamore