Gila has been outstanding for the Viola this term.
"I have certainly taken something from Pippo on the pitch, but I don't have the same hair dresser" Gilardino joked while at an event organised by Florence's Rotary Club.
Gila then revealed why he believes he has become such a prolific centre-forward.
"Paolo Rossi scored five goals on my birthday, July 5. I always remember it with pleasure."