Sassuolo latest signing Kevin-Prince Boateng is set to rival Juventus new signing Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the 2018-19 Serie A season.
The Ghana star move to Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt after helping the club win the German Cup last season while Ronaldo secured a move to Italy after winning his fourth Champions League with Real Madrid, having spent nine years with the Spanish giants
And the midfielder has talked up the impact of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on the Italian top-flight.
“Am I the Cristiano Ronaldo of Sassuolo? Maybe yes, but I’m 500 goals away.”
“I’d like to beat him, but first you have to beat Juventus and they have some other very good players.
“Besides, I can’t do it all alone. I need the help of my teammates, I can’t fight anyone by himself
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“His arrival proves that Serie A is very important, the best player in the world has arrived here and we can only enjoy his ‘landing’ because he’ll show us things we’ve never seen in Italy.”
The 31-year-old has scored five goals already in two matches for the Black and Greens in this summer.
And he revealed how he has settled down so quick in Roberto De Zerbi’s squad in less than a month.
“I’m feeling like a striker and I feel very good. I’m free to help the midfield, after that we’ll see,” he continued.
“I had a super season last term, winning the German Cup. For the first time in my career, I wanted to leave Germany with a clean and positive image.
“When Sassuolo called, I immediately said ‘yes’. De Zerbi called me and he told me that we’d have a great season.
“It was an easy choice, I wanted to go back to Italy. We have a young coach but already one of the best in Serie A.
“He makes us work hard but wants us to always end the day with a smile. I feel good and very important here, but we’re waiting for the real games to come. We’ll see everything there.”
Boateng who won the Scudetto with AC Milan back in 2011, relived the experience he had in San Siro as he gets ready for his third stint in Italy.
“I have a lot of good memories of my time there. My first day was great, I went into the dressing room and saw the names of all the champions that were there.
“I immediately called my brother on the phone and told him: ‘I’m not playing games here.’
“I can’t forget my goal at Barcelona and treble against Lecce. I can’t wait to play at San Siro against Milan.
“It’ll be really exciting because the Rossoneri colours will always be in my heart. I’m really very close to Milan. I’ve also suffered because I’m a Milan fan, but I’m sure Milan will have a great season because the Rossoneri have finally found the right coach.” Boateng told SkySports Italia.