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Guidolin exclusive: Man City star Aguero just like Udinese icon Di Natale

Francesco Guidolin has drawn comparisons between Sergio Aguero and Antonio Di Natale.

The legendary Italian manager watched Di Natale up close and personal for four seasons at Udinese. By the time he arrived in 2010, the striker was already an Italy international and one of the top strikers in Serie A.

After coming through the ranks at Empoli, Di Natale moved to Udinese in 2004 and never looked back.

'Toto', as he is affectionately known, became Udinese's top Serie A goalscorer of all time with 191 goals in 385 appearances before retiring from football in 2016. In 2010, Di Natale famously rejected Juventus in order to keep his family settled in Udine.

Standing at 5ft 7in, Di Natale made up for what he lacked in height with pace, agility and an immense technical ability. This allowed him to operate anywhere across the attacking third; dropping deep or out wide to cause havoc on opposition defences, or pouncing in the box with a lethal eye for goal.

Sound familiar? According to Guidolin, Di Natale's qualities remind him of Manchester City striker Aguero.

He told TribalFootball.com: "Totò is a champion, an extraordinary player. He made his professional choices, but he deserved chance in the most important clubs in Europe. It was his choice, he said no to Juventus, he chose to stay in Udine."

Like Di Natale, Guidolin says Aguero's agility and low centre of gravity has been key to his career success.

"A player of immense class, very pure, has the talent of the greatest. It reminds me a little of Aguero for its features: short, strong physically despite his height, agile, fast, with a stinging shot.

"The most important thing, which allowed him to score many goals, was his enormous technical quality. It was extraordinary, he reminds me of Aguero, infallible in front of the goal."

Matteo Vitale
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